BRAC Releases Statement on Phase Two Reopening

Baton Rouge, La. (June 1, 2020) –Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) President and CEO Adam Knapp issued the following statement today in response to Governor Edwards’ announcement that the state will be moving into Phase Two of reopening:

“The Baton Rouge Area has seen its new COVID cases dropping starkly since reopening the economy on May 15, so it’s welcome news that Governor Edwards has announced moving Louisiana to Phase Two of the reopening. It reinforces also that businesses are following safety guidance for being safe at work, which has in part made possible this broader reopening step, and it can’t come too soon. The metro Baton Rouge economy needs a jolt of activity to boost rehiring, as we saw in the latest unemployment data last week. BRAC continues to work diligently to support businesses who are recovering, by posting business resources and recovery information daily at For those needing assistance finding personal protective equipment, the BRAC PPE Marketplace remains open for next day pick up of supplies. The virus is still out there, and the world is still without a vaccine, so safety remains the top priority for continued business recovery.”

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at


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