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Reopening Louisiana’s Economy

Click Here to read the updated Phase 3 order, which includes the closure of bars to on-site consumption, the statewide mask mandate and limitations on gathering size.

Click Here to read the extension of emergency provisions that is also extended to October 9.

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White House Announces Path for States to Reopen

President Donald Trump announced that his administration has developed a framework for states to begin a gradual reopening of their economies.
To download the White House’s complete set of guidelines, including information for employers, click HERE.
To visit the White House Reopening Website click HERE.
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Guides and Resources from the U.S. Chamber

The U.S. Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve its various guides and resources to continue bringing you and your members the information you need during this difficult time. We encourage you to continue utilizing and sharing the following items as you see fit:

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Louisiana Businesses Receive COVID-19 Legal Shield

Louisiana businesses are receiving state protection from most lawsuits involving COVID-19 deaths or injuries, after Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law a package of measures that limits a business’ legal liability. These measures take effect immediately and are retroactive to March 11. Three Republican-sponsored bills offering the lawsuit shields passed during the regular session that ended June 1.

Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Thomas Pressly of Shreveport, people will be unable to sue businesses, government agencies, trade show organizers and event planners for civil damages for injuries or death from COVID-19 unless they can prove the high legal standard of “gross negligence or willful misconduct.”

A second measure by Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell offers the same lawsuit protection to people and businesses who donate recovery services or products — such as hand sanitizer and protective clothing — and those selling that type of disaster aid “outside of the typical course and scope of their operations.” Hewitt’s protections don’t just last through the coronavirus pandemic. They’ll continue during any declared state of emergency in Louisiana.

A third bill by Sen. Patrick McMath of Covington gives the same limitation of liability to restaurant owners and employees for the coronavirus outbreak, as long as they are deemed “in substantial compliance” with state, federal and local regulations about the virus. It doesn’t apply to future state emergencies or disasters.

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Attention all parents/guardians:

The Webster Parish School System will offer two options for parents to choose from for the Fall 2020 Semester:

Option 1:  Attend traditional “brick and mortar” school based on guidelines set forth in the governor’s proclamation (Phase 1, 2, or 3)

Option 2:  A 100% virtual program where students do NOT return to a “brick and mortar” school campus.

The options for parents to choose will be available upon the release of the Webster Parish On-line Registration Form.  Stay tuned for details on registration!

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Early voting in Louisiana primary begins June 20

Only registered Democrats and Republicans will be eligible to vote in their party’s respective Presidential Preference Primary, while voters in 24 parishes, regardless of party, may have a local election on their ballot. Those 24 parishes include Bienville, Caddo, Calcasieu, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Sabine, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana.

Voters can utilize Louisiana’s award-winning, free smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, to locate their early voting site, election day voting site and view their sample ballot. Voters can also access this information in our Voter Portal by visiting https://voterportal.sos.la.gov.

Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at the parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations. For a complete listing of early voting locations, visit https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/EarlyVoting.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our polling commissioners will be supplied with personal protective equipment and will regularly sanitize designated areas and wipe down voting machines. Hand sanitizer will be provided to voters and masks are recommended, although not required

 

In addition to a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana Special ID or a generally recognized ID with picture and signature, voters may now use a digital license via LA Wallet.

Election Day for the PPP and Municipal Primary is Saturday, July 11 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Louisiana Workforce Commission Announces New Plan for Unemployment Claims

Today, the Louisiana Workforce Commission announced the payment of $561 million in benefits to more than 300,000 Louisianans since March 22.
LWC also issued new procedures for individuals to file their weekly certifications for Unemployment Compensation claims. These new guidelines were put in place due to LWC’s systems often being overloaded during the COVID-19 crisis. Starting Sunday, April 26, LWC will allow individuals to file their weekly certifications based on the last digit of their social security number. A breakdown is below:

Sunday: 0 – 3

Monday: 4 – 6

Tuesday: 7 – 9

Afterwards, all applicants can file Wednesday through Saturday. For more information about the new certification process, click HERE for LWC’s official announcement.
Employer COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
TIP:

Be sure to answer YES, when asked if applying for reasons related to COVID-19. This will help YOU and businesses get relief.

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Business Owners & Managers:

The City of Minden, The Greater Minden Chamber of Commerce, Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Minden Economic Development Department and Minden Main Street are concerned about you and your business as we are all navigating uncharted waters with COVID-19. Our goal is to understand and capture your business needs as we strive to help coordinate informational resources between our government and our local business community, share information and provide assistance to help maneuver through these times. We will use your survey responses in that effort. In addition, we want to be able to direct you to resources if they are available. Thank you for participating in this confidential survey, which should take 5-10 minutes to complete.
or
Click here to download PDF version to mail to our office.

To assist in situational reporting and planning, please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey.

Click here to take the survey now.

Thank you!

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SouthStar Urgent Care of Minden and Springhill have COVID-19 testing available.  

Our protocol is as follows: If you have fever of 100.4 and respiratory symptoms, we will test you for strep and flu first, if those are negative and the provider deems it necessary we will then test for COVID-19. We will test you in your car if you request. The results are taking 3-7 business days.

If you need medical attention besides COVID-19 testing, we do have masks available to wear in the lobby, we also have a text system in place where you can sign in inside and wait in your car. When your room is ready, we will text you. We also have the Zip Pass App available.

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With the recent upgrade of COVID-19 to a worldwide pandemic, the Greater Minden Chamber has gathered resources for its members to help them navigate all the effects of this declaration.

“We at the Greater Minden Chamber encourage our members to take precautions to prevent the spread of this disease,” said Chamber President/CEO Jana Morgan.

In addition, we are offering the following links to assist members who may be economically affected by recent actions surrounding this outbreak.

The following links provide additional information concerning COVID-19

 

 COVID-19 Resources:

COVID-19 Resources

Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Business Continuity Plan

Businesses best practice

SBA info ~ Small Business Loan Information COVID-19 Disaster

https://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/covid19

The LWC website:

http://www.louisianaworks.net/hire

Governor’s Executive Order and latest press release:

https://gov.louisiana.gov/

https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2411

https://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/ExecutiveOrders/27-JBE-2020-COVID-19.pdf

Coronavirus Legal & Business Hub resource for businesses, governments and non-profits.

https://www.butlersnow.com/coronavirus-hub/

Other Helpful Links

PPP LOANS Frequently Asked Questions

We want our members to know that we are here for them as we combat, and ultimately overcome, this challenge.

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SHARE YOUR BUSINESS IMPACT

The Louisiana Travel Association wants to keep our industry informed with resources, updates and developments during the COVID-19 event. As your business, event or workforce is impacted, we want to gather information about closures, cancellations and the economic challenges facing tourism-related businesses. This information will help us advocate on your behalf as we urge lawmakers to provide recovery resources.

Please complete this short survey to share how the Coronavirus is impacting your business by clicking the link below.

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Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Commission is taking the recommended precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please be aware that the Dorcheat Museum, Germantown Museum, City Art Works and Lake Bistineau State Park are closed to the public at this time.  As of right now, the trails and water access are open at Caney Lakes for recreation, however no additional RVs or campers will be granted overnight stays. There are also several public boat launches throughout the parish if you are interested in fishing or paddling. You can locate these on our website or in the Visit Webster Parish app. Our website has also recently been updated to feature which restaurants are offering delivery and curbside pick up.

WHAT’S YOUR CRAVING?

There are still ways to discover our good nature while practicing “social distancing”. Please give us a call if you have any questions.