The State of Louisiana and City-Parish of East Baton Rouge have taken measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These public safety actions have led to the cancellation and/or postponement of many events and also include the temporary closing of many businesses. May 15th, Louisiana moved to Phase One and began reopening businesses with capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements/recommendations.
While these measures are in effect, our small businesses and restaurants need the community’s support to minimize the negative impact, not only upon our overall economy, but also their businesses and families. We will continue to update this list of open downtown businesses and relief efforts as information is provided to us. Please email DDD@brla.gov if you have information to add or correct on this list.
President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.
Learn more about the phased approach here.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has also announced the creation of Resilient Louisiana, a state commission charged with examining Louisiana's economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and making recommendations for more resilient business-related activities and commerce in the coming months.
Learn more about this initiative here.
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress on March 27, 2020 are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. This OVERVIEW provides information about the major programs and initiatives that are available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Recovery Loan advances, and small business debt relief for existing SBA loans.
Loans made under the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (part of the CARES Act) are made by banks, Credit Unions, and other private lenders. Contact your preferred lender directly.
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Emergency Relief and Benefit Programs
- Louisiana Economic Development Resources for Businesses
- Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
- Louisiana Workforce Commission Unemployment Benefits
- BR Works Job Listing
- Baton Rouge Area Foundation Emergency Relief Fund
- Employee First Program
- Creative Capitol Arts Resources
- Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Local COVID-19 Information
- Phase One Order
- Stay At Home Order
- CISA’s Guidance on Identifying Critical Infrastructure
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Updates
- Louisiana Office of the Governor Coronavirus Information
- Louisiana Department of Health Guidance & Resources
- City of Baton Rouge Coronavirus Updates
How You Can Help
- If you have planned a visit or event downtown during while these safety measures are in effect, please consider rescheduling/postponing with the hotels and venues instead of cancelling to support our local economy.
- Purchase a gift card from restaurant/businesses that you can use later, but can support the business now.
- Donate to Relief Efforts including the BRAF Emergency Relief Fund.
- Shop local online
- Leave a positive review on Facebook, Google, or Yelp
- Keep your membership or subscription active
- Prepay for services like a haircut, personal training, tours, etc.
Support Downtown Restaurants
Many of our downtown restaurants who need your support during this time. Please see the links below for a full list of our downtown restaurants. Also consider using food delivery services such as, Waitr, Uber Eats, and DOORDASH or consider donating to help the hospitality industry.
Restaurants are typically working with smaller margins so a little will go a long way to helping out these small businesses. Also consider participating in the Keep BR Serving campaign by purchasing a gift card from a local restaurant to help. #KBRS #giftcardchallenge
Restaurants currently serving (Those that offer outdoor seating indicated with * ):
- Aztecas*, Batch 13*, Bengal Tap Room, Blend, Capital City Grill (Starting May 15th), Chow Main*, City Club (Private Membership), Cocha*, Downtown Seafood*, Fayes Salads and Subs*, The Gregory, Little Village*, McDonalds, Milford’s*, Pastime, Poor Boy Lloyd's*, Jambalaya Shoppe, Jimmy John’s, Jolie Pearl*, Roly Poly, Serop's, Smoothie King*, Sonic, Stroube's Seafood and Steaks (Starting May 15th), and Schlitz & Giggles, T&T Cafe, Tsunami, The Vintage (Starting May 17th)
Main Street Market: Go Ya ya's Crepe's, Chef Celeste Bistro and Our Daily Bread
* If you do not see a restaurant listed above we are currently waiting for updated information or the restaurant is temporarily closed. Please email us at DDD@brla.gov of any changes.
The DDD will continue to check-in and monitor the restaurants and businesses downtown.
Downtown has a grocery store, pharmacy and walk-in health clinic that are operating at normal hours to serve you during these strange times.
- Matherne's Market Downtown, The Matherne's Market downtown will be operating at their normal business hours and will maintain the breakfast, lunch, and dinner deli. Ourdoor seating is available
- Prescriptions to Geaux
- Neighborhood Health
* Neighborhood Health is now offering health screening for COVID-19 and IV IMMUNOTHERAPY is still available to the patients in need! Call to schedule an appointment.