The St Tammany Chamber says it’s time for Phase III in St. Tammany. While watching the number of cases and metrics go down, Chamber officials said they were hopeful that Phase III would begin on Friday, August 28. But continuous conversations with small business owners about their struggle to survive due to Phase II restrictions continue. They say their leadership has agreed to the need for a safe reopening, as noted in the resolution adopted yesterday and sent it to Governor Edwards. Chamber officials say decreased restrictions for restaurants and other small businesses struggling to survive will have an immediate positive impact. Those at risk are encouraged to continue to stay home. But those who are able can mask up, socially distance, wash hands and get back to a full and vibrant recovering economy.
In a related story the Jefferson Parish Council unanimously approved a resolution requesting Governor Edwards to allow individual parishes to move into Phase 3 if they meet coronavirus case criteria. Council members voted to approve the resolution at Tuesday’s council meeting. It asks Governor Edwards to relax current statewide COVID-19 restrictions and allow individual regions or parishes to move forward into Phase 3 based on each parish’s coronavirus statistics rather than a statewide coronavirus mandate.