Mayor announces measures to help local businesses in EBR affected by pandemic

Updated: Mar. 18, 2020 at 3:28 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Wednesday, March 18 the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge would delay collecting local sales tax returns for February and March 2020 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.

The local tax returns for February will now be due April 20 and returns for March will now be due May 20.

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“I want to let our business community know that I empathize with you and understand the complex challenges that you are facing. As we address this crisis in our community, we must unite in our effort to sustain our local economy,” said Mayor Broome. “Baton Rouge has consistently proven our resiliency when presented with adversity. I assure you that our local economy will recover if we continue to support our businesses to the best of our ability.”

Broome also announced she is launching the Keep BR Serving campaign in partnership with local businesses and organizations to keep small businesses alive during the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign is “built on the coming together of all the locally-owned restaurants in the Baton Rouge area."

Twenty percent of proceeds from any gift cards to local restaurants purchased between now and the end of the “dine-in blackout” will go directly to cover lost tips and wages of restaurant employees. The gift cards do not expire.

Keep BR Serving is a campaign aimed at helping servers and bartenders during the COVID-19...
Keep BR Serving is a campaign aimed at helping servers and bartenders during the COVID-19 pandemic.(Office of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome)

Mayor Broome also called on leaders of the parish’s top 100 companies to buy 500 gift cards from local small businesses to give to their employees.

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