NFIB State Director Dawn Starns released the following statement today in response to Governor Edwards’ plan to allow more businesses to begin opening with restrictions beginning May 15:
“The need to temporarily close businesses to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus has taken a tremendous toll on Louisiana’s job creators and put thousands of people out of work. Governor Edwards’ announcement that businesses can begin to reopen starting Friday is going to ease the financial pressure on small business owners, but many of our members are worried they won’t make it unless they can fully reopen soon. NFIB is committed to working with the governor’s Resilient Task Force and the Legislature’s Economic Recovery Task Force to develop a strategy that allows more businesses to begin to reopen and while keeping customers and employees safe and avoiding a spike in new coronavirus cases.”
NFIB has released a national survey that found more small businesses are finally getting financial assistance needed to survive the shutdown but that owners remain concerned over increased liability, finding adequate supplies of hand sanitizer and disinfectant, and getting customers back. Click here to read the survey.