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. In June, Louisiana entered into Phase Two and began reopening businesses with capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements/recommendations. Currently Phase Two will be in effect until at least August 28th.

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 the public about 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.

Current Phase Two Orders by Gov. Edwards

BUSINESS RECOVERY

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.

Open Safely Guidelines

Register your business receive updated communication, notifications, and helpful guidance via email from the State Fire Marshal’s Office specific to your business type. These notifications will answer the important questions:

When can I partially or fully open my business?
What are the steps to open my business?
What changes can be expected for businesses that have been operating, but with restrictions?
What restrictions are my business subject to, if any?
Are there any new sanitation requirements for my business?
Are there any personal protective requirements (masks, gloves, etc.) for my employees?

Open Safely Website

CARES Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act were passed by Congress on March 27, 2020 to assist business owners and our economy. 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.

Webinars

View recordings of past Business Report webinars

View recordings of past BRAC webinars

View recording of DBA Tips to Stay in Touch and Stay Home Webinar

Emergency Relief and Benefit Programs

Local COVID-19 Information

Social Distancing & Safety Tips/Toolkits

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.

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Support Downtown Restaurants


Most of our downtown restaurants are locally owned and need your support during this time. Visit the restaurants now operating at 50% capacity, many with outdoor dining options. Also, consider using food delivery services such as, Waitr, Uber Eats, and DOORDASH. Restaurants are typically working with smaller margins so a little will go a long way to helping out these small businesses. Also consider purchasing a gift card!

All Downtown Restaurants

Essential Services

Downtown has a grocery store, pharmacy and walk-in health clinic that are operating at normal hours to serve you.

* Neighborhood Health offers health screening for COVID-19 and IV IMMUNOTHERAPY available to the patients in need! Call to schedule an appointment.