CHAMBER NEWS: May 12, 2020
Phase I Re-Opening Begins May 15, Parish Released Final Plan Today

Yesterday, Gov. Edwards announced that Louisiana will begin to move into Phase 1 of re-opening the economy starting on May 15. Phase I is expected to last a minimum of 21 days before moving into Phase 2. Click here to read full announcement.

Parish President Mike Cooper issued the following statement regarding the reopening plan:

“The Governor’s decision for a Phase One reopening on Friday, May 15th, is great news. We’ve been strategically and thoughtfully preparing for this announcement through research, focus groups, and the help of industry regulating boards — and I can honestly say we are ready with our reopening plan. What I want to continue to stress is that we need to reopen responsibly, using precautions already in place, so we continue to balance the health of our community with the health of our economy."

The parish released the final Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan today. Click here to read the plan for specific information.

The following establishments may operate with 25% of total occupancy as defined by the State Fire Marshal and restrictions as set forth on page 6 of the plan:

  • Essential businesses will continue to operate under provided guidelines
  • Places of worship – indoor services
  • Restaurants, coffee shops, cafes – indoor table service
  • Bars and breweries which hold an LDH food service certificate
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Anchor stores of shopping malls with exterior doors accessible by the public
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums (excluding children’s museums and any tactile exhibits)
  • Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons
  • Youth activities including youth recreation, non-contact sports, day and
  • overnight camps, and other programs
  • Office-based work
  • Expanded Government Services
  • All non-CISA and non-closed businesses
  • Large venues (e.g., sporting venues, special event facilities) 
Use Back-to-Business Tool Kit to Help Reopen Your Business

Our Chamber's Back-to-Business Tool Kit provides helpful information to reopen your business. Reopening must be balanced with careful planning and diligent follow through to help protect those that depend on you for employment and those that rely on your goods and services.
Remember, we only have one shot at opening the right way, and each business could have a profound effect on whether everyone stays open or gets shut down again.
The Tool Kit also includes information directly from resources such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and others, but understand this guidance is advisory in nature and informational in content. It may or may not be a standard or a regulation, and it neither creates new legal obligations nor alters existing obligations. 
Take Action to Help Louisiana Recover, Rethink and Rebuild

In partnership with LABI, your Chamber is supporting the following bills that are designed to help protect the state’s job creators from the threat of excessive and frivolous lawsuits in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will once again this year also support efforts to address high auto insurance rates and coastal litigation, which both have had negative impact on Louisiana’s job creators. Please click here for more details on each bill.

Provides relative to the limitations of liability due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Limits liability of persons who provide relief or recovery equipment or services during a declared state emergency.

Limits liability for restaurants that provide food-to-go during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Clarifies and reaffirms that the authority of local government to bring enforcement action under the Coastal Zone Management Act is limited to uses of local concern.

Makes common-sense changes to our legal system to help lower auto insurance rates.

Click HERE to send a simple message to our legislators by just filling out a short form. We have already written a draft email template for you so all you have to do is 1) click on "Take Action to Help Louisiana Recover, Rethink and Rebuild, 2) enter your information (and add your own message if you want), and 3) hit SEND MESSAGE.
Chamber Events
Thursday, May 14
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
via Zoom

LIMITED to 20 participants

Network while maintaining social distancing. Participants will give 1-to-2 minute sales pitches about what distinguishes their business/ service from others in their field or just inform other members about their organization and what a good referral for them would be.

You must have access to a webcam to participate.
Wednesday, May 20
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
via Zoom

Learn what antibody testing is, who should get it, what it means and how you can help by donating plasma. Find out why it is important to donate blood now and what safety protocols are in place.

Dr. Michael Hill
St. Tammany Health System

Dr. Tim Peterson
The Blood Center

You must have access to a webcam to participate.
St. Tammany 2020

Wednesday, July 22
8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Virtual viewing
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