These materials are offered for consideration to our community - they should not be seen as a specific endorsement by the Chamber at this time. However, it is the goal of the West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber to empower our community to create their own Safe at Work plan for dealing with COVID issues that addresses business specific issues. We realize there is no one size fits all plan, and hope that you are able to use these resources to create a plan that works for your business. Please feel free to reach out to the Chamber for more information or with any questions you might have. We are here for you!
After Sustained Improvement in Vaccinations and COVID-19-Related Hospitalizations, Gov. Edwards Eases Some COVID-19 Restrictions, Keeps Statewide Mask Mandate
Some restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, including strict occupancy restrictions for bars and restaurants, will be eased this week following sustained improvements in COVID-19 hospitalizations and vaccinations, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday. Social distancing of six feet will still be required in businesses and Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate remains in place.
“At this point in the pandemic, our three best tools for slowing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our hospitals operational are vaccinations, masks and distance,” Gov. Edwards said. “Right now, we have fewer people hospitalized with COVID-19 than we did this time last year, and we have a greatly improved supply of three highly effective and safe COVID-19 vaccines, which are available to everyone 16 and older in Louisiana. While COVID-19 and its variants remain a major public health risk, using the tools of vaccination, masking and distancing, we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. At least 20 states and one region of Louisiana are experiencing an increase in cases and hospitalizations, likely because of the U.K. variant. We aren’t yet out of the woods.
“Vaccination is the best way we have to put this pandemic in our rearview mirror. While we work to vaccinate even more of our neighbors, now more than ever it is critical that people wear facemasks when they are in public and keep six feet of social distance between them and anyone who isn’t in their immediate household,” Gov. Edwards said. “Today we are taking an important step forward, but all of us play a role in making sure our cases don’t spike again. Get your vaccine now that it’s your turn and help your friends and family members get their shots as well. Working together, we can bring back Louisiana.”
The Governor’s updated public health emergency order keeps requirements for six feet of social distancing in all businesses, as well as other mitigation measures deemed necessary by the Louisiana Department of Health and the State Fire Marshal and posted on OpenSafely.La.gov. The order runs for 28 days and expires on April 28, 2021.
The Governor’s updated order removes the limitations on when bars and restaurants may serve alcohol, defaulting to local ordinances. People younger than 21 are still not allowed inside bars and bars are only allowed to provide patrons with socially distanced seated service, under the new order.
Salons and beauty shops, gyms and fitness centers, malls and casinos also will not have capacity limits, though social distancing and the mask mandate remain in place along with any other additional measures that may be required by the State Fire Marshal.
Businesses and venues that host larger gatherings, like receptions halls, will remain capped at 50 percent of their capacity, with a maximum gathering size of not more than 500 people indoors and strict social distancing. Outdoor events will be capped at 50 percent capacity and social distancing is also required. Some events may require prior approval by the State Fire Marshal. Businesses should visit OpenSafely.La.gov for more information.
Indoor and outdoor sporting events will be limited to 50 percent of their capacity, with social distancing. Masks are required under all circumstances.
- Click here to read the order.
- Click here to view the data about cases, hospitalizations and deaths across Louisiana.
- Click here for information about COVID-19 vaccines and where to get them in Louisiana.
Click here to volunteer for Bring Back Louisiana, the state’s grassroots effort to help everyone get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Updated information from: OpenSafely.la.gov updated on 3/31/2021:
|Link||Link Description||Uploaded On|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Amusements, Water Parks, Indoor Play Centers||Amusements, Water Parks, Indoor Play Centers, Similar Activities||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021- Beauty Salon, Barber Shop, Nail Salon, or Tanning Salon||Salons and Barber Shops||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 20201 - Shopping or Retail Outlets||Shopping or Retail Outlets||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Fitness Center or Health Club||Fitness Centers or Health Clubs||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Indoor and Outdoor Sports, Stadium & Arenas||Indoor and Outdoor Sports, Stadiums & Arenas||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Events or Event Venues||Events or Event Venues||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Bars, Nightclubs, and Micro-Breweries||Bars, Nightclubs, and Micro-Breweries||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 Restaurants, Cafes and Coffee Shops||Restaurants, Cafes and Coffee Shops||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Conferences and Conventions||Conferences and Conventions||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Pool Halls, Bowling, Arcades, Skating Rinks||Pool Halls, Bowling, Indoor Play Centers, Arcades, Skating Rinks||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Theaters, Concert or Music Halls||Theaters, Concert or Music Halls||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Outdoor Playground or Play Center||Outdoor Playground or Play Center||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums||Museums and Aquariums||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Personal Care Services (Close Contact)||Personal Care Services (Close Contact)||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Libraries||Libraries||3/30/2021|
|Current||March 31, 2021 - Business or Organization||Business or Organization||3/30/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Conferences and Conventions||Conferences and Conventions||3/9/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Pool Halls, Bowling, Arcades, Skating Rinks||Pool Halls, Bowling, Arcades, Skating Rinks||3/3/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Indoor and Outdoor Sports, Stadiums & Arenas||Indoor and Outdoor Sports, Stadiums & Arenas||3/2/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Outdoor Playground or Play Center||Outdoor Playground or Play Center||3/2/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Salons and Barber Shops||Salons and Barber Shops||3/2/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Fitness Centers or Health Clubs||Fitness Centers or Health Clubs||3/2/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Shopping or Retail Outlets||Shopping or Retail Outlets||3/2/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Theaters, Concert or Music Halls||Theaters, Concert or Music Halls||3/16/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Events or Event Venues||Events or Event Venues||3/9/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021-Personal Care Services (Close Contact)||Personal Care Services (Close Contact)||3/2/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Bar, Nightclubs, and Micro-Breweries||Bars, Nightclubs, and Micro-Breweries||3/9/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Business or Organization||Business or Organization||3/2/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Libraries||Libraries||3/2/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Amusements, Fairs, Festivals, Play Centers, Similar Activities||Amusements, Fairs, Festivals, Indoor Play Centers, Similar Activities||3/2/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums||Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums||3/2/2021|
|Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Restaurants, Cafes and Coffee Shops||Restaurants, Cafes and Coffee Shops||3/9/2021|
|Current||Phase 3- March 17, 2021 Graduations||Graduations||3/17/2021|
|Current||Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Swimming Pools and Aquatic Venues||Swimming Pools and Aquatic Venues||3/5/2021|
|Current||Phase 3 - March 3, 2021- Places of Worship||Places of Worship||3/2/2021|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Business or Organization||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Business or Organization||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Fitness Center or Health Club||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Fitness Centers or Health Clubs||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Place of Worship||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Places of Worship||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Beauty Salon, Barber Shop, Nail Salon, or Tanning Salon||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Salons and Barber Shops||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Shopping or Retail Outlet||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Shopping or Retail Outlets||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Swimming Pools and Aquatic Venues||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Swimming Pools and Aquatic Venues||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Amusement Park, Sports Park, Fair, Carnival, Water Park, Haunted Houses, or Theme Park||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Parks, Carnivals and Haunted Houses||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Movie Theater, Concert or Music Hall||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Movie Theaters, Concert or Music Halls||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Museum or Aquarium||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Museums and Aquariums||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Outdoor Playground or Play Center||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Outdoor Playgrounds or Play Centers||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Personal Care Service (Close Contact)||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Personal Care Services||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Pool hall, Bowling Alley, Skating Rink, or Arcade||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Pool halls, Bowling Alleys, Skating Rinks, or Arcades||2/24/2021|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Events or Event Venues||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Events or Event Venues||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Stadium, Arena, Ball Courts, Gymnasium, Outdoor Sports||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Stadiums, Arenas, Ball Courts, Gymnasiums, Outdoor Sports||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Library||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Libraries||11/25/2020|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Nightclub, Tavern or Bar||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Nightclubs, Taverns or Bars||2/13/2021|
|Return to Revised Phase 2- Restaurant, Cafe, or Coffee Shop||Revised Phase 2 Guidelines for Restaurants, Cafes, and Coffee Shops||2/13/2021|
|Phase 2- Pools||Phase 2 Guidance for Pools||6/4/2020|
|Phase 3- Places of Worship||Phase 3 Guidelines for Places of Worship||11/2/2020|
|Phase 2- Places of Worship||Phase 2 Guidance for Places of Worship||6/4/2020|
|Phase 2- Fitness Centers||Phase 2 Guidance for Fitness Centers||7/12/2020|
|Phase 3- Other Amusements||Phase 3 Guidelines for Other Amusements||10/12/2020|
|Phase 3- Indoor and Outdoor Sports, Racing||Phase 3 Guidelines for Indoor/Outdoor Sports and Racing||9/14/2020|
|Phase 3- Museums Zoos Aquariums||Phase 3 Guidelines for Museums, Zoos, Aquariums||10/22/2020|
|Phase 3- Event Venues||Phase 3 Guidance for Event Venues||9/18/2020|
|Phase 3- Shopping and Retail||Phase 3 Guidelines for Shopping and Retail||9/12/2020|
|Phase 3- Libraries||Phase 3 Guidelines for Libraries||9/12/2020|
|Phase 3- Swimming Pools and Aquatic Facilities||Phase 3 Guidelines for Swimming Pools and Aquatic Facilities||9/12/2020|
|Phase 3- Restaurants Cafes Bars||Phase 3 Guidelines for Restaurants, Cafes, Bars||9/30/2020|
|Phase 3- Tattoo Massage Esthetician||Phase 3 Guidelines for Tattoo, Massage, Esthetician||9/11/2020|
|Phase 3- Salons Barbers Tanning||Phase 3 Guidelines for Salons, Barbers, Tanning||9/15/2020|
|Phase 3- Movie Theaters||Phase 3 Guidelines for Movie Theaters||9/11/2020|
|Phase 3- Fitness Centers and Health Clubs||Phase 3 Guidelines for Fitness Centers and Health Clubs||10/13/2020|
|Phase 3- Business and Organizations||Phase 3 Guidelines for Businesses and Organizations||9/11/2020|
|Temporary School Partition Guidance||Temporary School Partition Guidance||8/13/2020|
|Return to School Certification||Return to School Certification||8/4/2020|
|Return to Work Certification||Return to Work Certification||8/4/2020|
|Return to Work Guidance||Return to Work Guidance||7/27/2020|
|Face Covering Order Guidance||Face Covering Order Guidance||9/16/2020|
|Phase 2- Other Amusements||Phase 2 Guidance for Other Amusements||7/12/2020|
|Phase 2-Arcades Bowling Alleys Skating Rinks Pool Halls||Phase 2 Guidance for Arcades/Bowling Alleys/Skating Rinks/Pool Halls||7/12/2020|
|Phase 2- Outdoor Playcenters/Playgrounds||Phase 2 Guidance for Outdoor Playcenters and Playgrounds||6/4/2020|
|Phase 2- Outdoor Sports, Racing||Phase 2 Guidance for Outdoor Sports & Racing||6/5/2020|
|Phase 2- Event Venues||Phase 2 Guidance for Event Venues||9/4/2020|
|Phase 2- Tattoo, Massage, Esthetician||Phase 2 Guidance for Tattoo Shops, Massage Parlors and Esthetician Services||6/5/2020|
|Phase 2- Salons, Barber Shops, Tanning||Phase 2 Guidance for Salons, Barber Shops, Tanning||6/4/2020|
|Phase 2- Business/Organizations/Other||Phase 2 Guidance for Businesses, Organizations or Other Business Types Not Closed||6/4/2020|
|Phase 2- Movie Theaters||Phase 2 Guidance for Movie Theaters||6/5/2020|
|Phase 2- Libraries||Phase 2 Guidance for Libraries||6/4/2020|
|Phase 2- Museums/Zoos/Aquariums||Phase 2 Guidance for Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, Etc.||6/4/2020|
|Phase 2- Shopping Malls/Retail Stores||Phase 2 Guidance for Shopping Malls and Retail Stores||6/4/2020|
|Phase 2- Restaurants/Bars||Phase 2 Guidance for Restaurants/Bars Etc.||7/23/2020|
|Phase 1 Documents||Phase 1 Documents|
|Phase 1- Salons/Barber Shops||Phase 1 Guidance for Salons/Barber Shops||5/21/2020|
|Phase 1- Outdoor Sports||Phase 1 Guidance for Outdoor Sports||5/20/2020|
|Phase 1-Shopping Malls/Retail Stores||Phase 1 Guidance for Shopping Malls/Retail Stores||5/15/2020|
|Phase 1- Business/Organization||Phase 1 Guidance for Business/Organization||5/14/2020|
|Phase 1- Fitness Center/Health Club||Phase 1 Guidance for Fitness Centers/Health Clubs||5/14/2020|
|Phase 1- Libraries||Phase 1 Guidance for Libraries||5/14/2020|
|Phase 1- Movie Theaters||Phase 1 Guidance for Movie Theaters||5/14/2020|
|Phase 1- Museums/Zoos/Aquariums||Phase 1 Guidance for Museums/Zoos/Aquariums||5/14/2020|
|Phase 1-Places of Worship||Phase 1 Guidance for Places of Worship||5/14/2020|
|Phase 1- Restaurants||Phase 1 Guidance for Restaurants Etc.||5/14/2020|
Businesses in Louisiana are encouraged to register at opensafely.la.gov in order to reopen and receive guidance as the state moves through a phased reopening.
COVID-19 in Louisiana
The Louisiana Department of Health posts updated case numbers everyday at noon online at LDH.Louisiana.gov/coronavirus.
If you have questions about coronavirus, please contact the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing dial 211. Or, you can text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available.
Stressed about COVID-19? We're here to talk.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear and anxiety about the uncertainty surrounding this public health emergency, there is a special Keeping Calm through COVID Hotline you can call. This connects you to trained, compassionate counselors who can offer support and who can direct you to mental health and substance abuse counseling services.
Call 1-866-310-7977 24/7
Trained counselors available 24/7. All calls are confidential.
Because of our critical need for healthcare workers, we have created a medical volunteer website in order to mobilize healthcare students and graduates from Louisiana universities and colleges to support the existing healthcare workforce that is quickly getting stretched thin. The website is also available to active members or retirees of Louisiana’s healthcare workforce who are willing and able to assist.
Delta is stepping up to help Louisiana during this trying time. Any volunteer healthcare workers trying to come to Louisiana can do so for free on Delta Airliines. Before arriving, healthcare workers have to register and become credentialed through Louisiana Volunteers in Action at lava.dhh.louisiana.gov.
If your workplace has temporarily closed or you have been told to take unpaid time off, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
To file a claim, go to www.louisianaworks.net/hire or call 866-783-5567.
If you have lost your job or if you have reduced hours you may be eligible for Medicaid.
You can apply online at MyMedicaid.la.gov.
You can also apply by phone by calling 1-888-342-6207 or by mail by sending information to:
P.O. Box 91283
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Local Medicaid offices are currently closed to the public. If additional assistance is needed, you can call 1-888-342-6207.
Louisiana Economic Development also is offering COVID-19: Business Resources, an online guide to assistance available for impacted businesses. Look for updates to the guide at OpportunityLouisiana.com.
FHFA has established a dedicated webpage with relevant updates and resources available here: www.fhfa.gov/coronavirus.
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-244-7871
Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Central Standard Time
Online applications are also available at www.slls.org.
For information about SNAP or an application, Louisiana residents can text GETSNAP (no spaces) to 898211, email LAHelpU.DCFS@la.gov or call 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578).
Food Bank info
For information on your local foodbank, click here.
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration has approved that ALL 64 Louisiana parishes are eligible for COVID-19 business aid.
Louisiana businesses may apply as follows:
Keeping our employees and customers safe is the best way to reopen our economy and keep it open.
Included below are healthcare supported recommendations to help businesses reopen and operate safely.
General Downloadable Materials: