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Ridgeland, MS
04/08/2020 05:46 PM
Dear Valued Partners:

We hope everyone in our community is listening to the guidance of public health authorities and taking all the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their families safe. We know these times continue to be difficult and we are here to lend a helping hand in any way we can.  
In accordance with the Shelter-In-Place order issued by Governor Reeves, the Ridgeland Visitor Center is currently closed. We are only allowing one staff member at a time at our Ridgeland Tourism Commission business office to perform essential tasks needed to keep up our operations. All staff members are currently working from home and are readily available to answer any questions or assist you in any way.

As I am sure you are all aware, Governor Tate Reeves signed a new executive order establishing a statewide shelter-in-place for Mississippi to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all who call our state home. This order will remain in force until 8:00 a.m., Monday, April 20th. A link to the official order can be found here.

In accordance with Executive Order 1466, the Barnett Reservoir is currently closed to all park and water activities including power boating, sailing, kayaks, picnic areas, disc golf course, and fishing piers. Walking and biking trails outside of the park will remain open, but users are asked to follow social distancing practices. For a complete listing of all Barnett Reservoir area closings and activities click here.

Also outlined within Executive Order 1466, is the ceasing of all in-store operations for businesses deemed non-essential. While customers are not allowed within the stores, these businesses are highly encouraged to utilize online platforms to service goods and provide customers with pick up and delivery options that adhere to all safety and hygiene practices. These options can include shipping, direct delivery, or curbside pickup as long as they are done in a manner that does not jeopardize the health of the business owner, the employees or the buyer. Restaurants may continue their operations but are limited to similar delivery methods including drive-thru, curbside, or direct delivery services.

The Department of Treasury has released information and applications for the Paycheck Protection Program, also known as PPP. PPP was created to assist small businesses as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic and provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.
Below are documents for the Paycheck Protection Program. For more information on the program click here.
•             Paycheck Protection Program Overview
•             Borrower Paycheck Protection Program Application
•             Paycheck Protection Program Borrow Information Fact Sheet
•             Paycheck Protection Program Lender Information Fact Sheet

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan, provided through the Small Business Administration, is a program designed to provide small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing during COVID-19.

 Applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan can be found here

The Visit Ridgeland staff is proactively working to provide resources and support for each of our industry partners. We are currently gathering information on current business operations, promotions, and important updates to be included on our dedicated COVID-19 Resource page on our Visit Ridgeland website. The COVID-19 Resource page currently includes listings of Ridgeland restaurants and hotel operations, as well as, important health and safety information. A virtual shopping district listing is in the works and will outline online promotions and operations of our Ridgeland retailors.
We are working diligently to keep information on this page updated to the changing environment. Please let us know if there are any new updates or information we can include on our page. If there is a way we can partner and boost the visibility of your efforts, we want to do all we can! A link to the page can be found here. 

During this time of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to join our private Facebook Group called Ridgeland Tourism Partners & Stakeholders. This group has been created to provide Ridgeland hotels, restaurants, attractions, retail businesses and others who have a vested interest in the city’s tourism industry a forum for us to share ideas, concerns, wins and losses in a confidential environment not for public consumption. You can join the Facebook Group via this link Ridgeland Tourism Partners & Stakeholders Group.

Please know that the Visit Ridgeland team continues to champion on for each of you and is here to help and support you as much as we can. We will get through this together.
Chris Chapman,
Direct Line: 601-209-1155
If you need assistance such as delivery of visitor information collateral or anything else that we can help with, the Visit Ridgeland Team is here for you: 
Chris Chapman
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