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COVID-19 Destination Updates and Resources

We have compiled the latest destination information, resources, and healthy travel tips to help our resilient community and potential travelers.

DESTINATION UPDATES

[Updated 10.15.2020 at 11:30 AM CT]

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a notice on October 8th, that the state of Louisiana will enter Phase 3 of the White House's reopening strategy until November 6, 2020. 

As of September 11th, the new executive order is in place with the following requirements:

- Masks or face coverings are required for everyone ages 8 and older.

- Restaurants, churches, salons, spas, gyms and other businesses my open at 75% capacity.

- Bars may begin to re-open for on-premises consumption based on the percent positivity of the parish for a two-week period. Parishes with a positivity rate of 5 percent or lower for two consecutive weeks may opt-in to open bars for on premises consumption. Bars will be able to open at 25 percent capacity, up to 50 people, indoors for customers seated for tableside service. No more than 50 customers outdoors, socially distanced, seated for tableside service. No live music will be allowed. All drinks must be ordered at the table and delivered by bar staff to the table. Sale and service of alcohol at bars, when they reopen, must end at 11 p.m., with all patrons cleared from the building.

- Bars in Lafourche Parish are now OPEN. Lafourche Parish has fallen under the 5% threshold for three consecutive weeks. Lafourche Parish President Chaisson has decided to opt-in and allow bars to open effective immediately. You can view a copy of the the Lafrouche Parish Government press release here

Indoor social gatherings, like weddings or receptions, will be limited to the lesser of 250 people or 50 percent capacity of the facility. Outdoors, crowd sizes are limited to 50 percent capacity, up to 250 people, if people will be in close proximity and social distancing is not possible.

 

To stay up to date on the latest alerts from the Governor's Office you may opt-in to the new text alert system for COVID-19 updates. Residents can opt-in by texting LACOVID to 67283.

We will continue to update our site as new information comes in about the region. The LCBT team remains in contact with our local tourism and hospitality industry partners receiving up-to-date information on the status of their business.

 

Health and Safety of All Travelers

The number one priority of every travel business is keeping you and your family healthy and safe. Though they may be implemented in different ways, each touchpoint during your trip is applying consistent enhanced cleanliness measures. As residents and travelers, join us and help provide a safe and healthy travel experience for everyone. When we all do our part, we all can Travel Confidently! 


 

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Visitor Center Updates

 

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism

Following continued improvement of Louisiana's COVID-19 outlook, the Visitor Center in Raceland is now OPEN (Mon-Fri, 9AM-5PM) & (Sat, 9AM-3PM)Masks or face coverings are required for everyone ages 8 and older. 

We are dedicated to the safety of all visitors and staff. We have implemented the following sanitation protocol:

 - All visitors (8 and older) must wear a mask our face covering inside the visitor center  
 - Visitor information assistants must wear facial coverings
 - Must maintain a six-foot distance from visitors and other staff
 - All high touch areas are sanitized after every use
 - Restrooms are sanitized after each use
 - If you pick-up a brochure, please take it with you or discard it

Have an update you would like to let us know about? Reach out to us at (985) 537-5800. You can also follow and contact us on social media.  ​

 

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Restaurant Updates

 

For a current listing of our local restaurants statuses, hours, and services please visit our  Places to Dine link here.

 

 

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Attractions Updates

 

For a current listing of our local attractions  statuses, hours, and services visit our Things To Do link here.

 

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Event Updates
 

 

Updated as of: 8/14/2020
 

  • Gheens Bon Mange Festival: Canceled
  • Cajun Heritage Festival: Canceled
  • Let Freedom Ring: Fireworks only, no mass gathering
  • Tawasi Antiques & Art Show: Canceled
  • Louisiana Gumbo Festival: Canceled
  • La Fete Des Vieux Temps: Canceled
  • French Food Festival: Canceled
  • Big Boy's Main Street Cookoff: Canceled
  • Thibodeauxville Fall Festival: Canceled

 


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Resident & Business Resources

 

Local updates on COVID-19

Lafourche Parish Government

City of Thibodaux Government

 

General COVID-19 Information

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Printed Resources (CDC)
 

U.S. Travel Association 

Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers
 

Louisiana Workforce Commission

http://www.laworks.net/

Small Business Association

https://www.sba.gov/

Louisiana Economic Development

https://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/covid19

Re-opening Louisiana Safely

https://opensafely.la.gov/

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Travel Confidently Tool Kit for Businesses


When we all do our part, we can all #TravelConfidently. For help with promoting the health and safety practices of your business (including info graphics, social graphics, and other useful tools) please view the U.S. Travel Associations Travel Confidently Tool Kit by clicking here


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COVID-19 CARES Act Relief Resources

 

For the latest information and resources on the CARES Act, funding available, or frequently asked questions please click here.

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Recommendations for Louisiana Businesses

 

As you look to pass accurate information to your workers and make important decisions regarding business operations, a good place to start is with the CDC's recommended business strategies which include:

Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
Separate sick employees.
Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees.
Perform routine environmental cleaning.
Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps.

For more information, see below or visit the website of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, for a variety of other resources, fact sheets, and fliers regarding COVID-19 including:

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Louisiana Department of Revenue
Extends Sales Tax Filing Deadline

 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Louisiana Department of Revenue has issued a two-month extension, to May 20, for businesses to file returns for their sales and excise taxes that were originally due tomorrow.  

According to LDR's official announcement, the extension will apply to sales, beer, and wine excise tax returns and payments for the February 2020 period. In addition, the Department will be waiving penalties and interest for returns and payments received by the extended deadline.

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Additional Guidance on New Federal Paid Leave Mandates

 

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy’s office has shared a summary of the new law that passed yesterday, The Families First Coronavirus Response Act. In short, most employers are now required to provide sick leave to workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and federal tax credits will be offered in an attempt to reimburse employers. Read HERE.

Experts at Forbes have offered this breakdown of the new mandates, which you may also find helpful. Read HERE.
 
The US Department of Labor is authorized to waive the mandate for some small businesses, and state officials expect that guidance by next week. We at LABI continue to analyze this bill and communicate the concerns of cash-strapped businesses with new costly mandates.

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IRS Delays Income Tax Payments to July 15

 

As part of the federal government's response to the Coronavirus crisis, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance allowing all individual tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments originally due on April 15 until July 15 without penalties or interest. Similarly, the new deadline for corporate tax payments up to $10 million is also July 15. 

The IRS encourages filers to meet the April 15 deadline so they can receive refunds sooner. The states are expected to follow suit, and we will keep you updated.

For more tax information, visit the IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief website

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Commissioner Donelon Authorizes Emergency Rule

 

In response to the Coronavirus crisis, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has issued Emergency Rule 36. 

Under the emergency rule, health insurers must:

  • Waive cost sharing for COVID-19 testing when ordered in accordance with CDC guidelines and are prohibited from requiring prior authorization for this testing.
  • Permit early refills, except for drugs in certain drug classes like opioids, when consistent with doctor/pharmacist approvals.
  • Suspend the use of step therapy.
  • Enhance access to mail order pharmaceuticals.
  • Continue to ensure network adequacy given the anticipated increase in demand due to COVID-19.

 

The full text of Emergency Rule 36 can be found online. In addition, LDI has other insurance information and resources available on their website

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Tell LABI How the Coronavirus
Is Affecting Your Business - And How Officials Can Help

 

While the Louisiana Legislature's regular session is on hold due to COVID-19, our team at LABI is gathering both industry-specific and statewide information and suggestions for federal, state and local aid. Please click below to complete a one-question survey on the impact to your business operations.

In addition, please email LABI Senior Vice President Camille Conaway with your ideas on immediate and long-term aid: [email protected]. In the short term, tax relief, fast-track unemployment compensation, regulatory waivers and extensions of deadlines are just a few examples of policy improvements that might help. In the long run, we plan to also present solutions that will stimulate our economy in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.

Please share your experiences and ideas with us.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ONE-QUESTION SURVEY

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Information from the Louisiana Department of Health

 

With more than 392 cases of the Coronavirus confirmed across 26 parishes (Orleans, Jefferson, St. James, Caddo, St. Tammany, East Baton Rouge, Bossier, Lafourche, St. Bernard, St. Charles, Terrebonne, Lafayette, St. John the Baptist, Ascension, St. Landry, Washington, West Baton Rouge, Acadia, Assumption, Calcasieu, Iberia, Iberville, Livingston, Plaquemines, Rapides, Webster) the Louisiana Department of Health has resources available for the state's business community.  

To see LDH's Guidance for Business and Employers, click HERE

In addition, LDH has also made printable items available that can be placed around your place of business and company facilities.  

 

For more information, visit LDH's coronavirus website or you can call the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing 211. In addition, you can text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for regular text updates from LDH on the coronavirus in our state.

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Resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 

Given the national scope of the Coronavirus challenge, LABI's partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. have made resources, guidance, and information available for American businesses and workers. 

  • To access the U.S. Chamber's Coronavirus Response Toolkit, click HERE
  • To access the U.S. Chamber's Resilience in a Box portal, offering preparedness tips and information about best practices for small business, click HERE
  • To see the U.S. Chamber's Coronavirus Guidance for Employers, click HERE
  • To see the U.S. Chamber's Workplace Tips for Employees, click HERE

 

In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has also created a Disaster Help Desk for Business - an information concierge to assist small businesses with disaster readiness, relief and long-term recovery. You can reach the help desk either ONLINE or by dialing 888-MY-BIZ-HELP or sending a message to [email protected].

For additional information, including updates on the U.S. Chamber's Congressional advocacy during this time, visit their Coronavirus website

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