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COVID-19 Business Toolkit


Governor Reeves has issued a shelter-in-place order that will begin 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, and will last until 8 a.m. on April 20. Learn more from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency here.

Providing timely information and resources about COVID-19 and how the issue relates to your business.

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The situation with COVID-19 continues to change rapidly and Coastal Mississippi remains fluid in our response. During this incredibly difficult time, we are focused on providing information and sharing resources to help businesses navigate the challenges brought about by this crisis.

Business Updates

U.S. Travel COVID-19 CARES Act Relief Resources

  • Details about the CARES Act, including eligibility guidelines and how to access assistance, will be available shortly. Check here for updates.
  • U.S. Travel Summary of the CARES Act (H.R. 748) can be found here

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Mississippi Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus

  • WLOX, March 18, 2020

Governor Tate Reeves Announces Unemployment Benefits for Workers

  • WCBI, March 21, 2020

Fed to buy as much government debt as needed to aid economy in coronavirus outbreak

  • WLOX (AP), March 23, 2020

Mississippi Department of Revenue extends tax deadline

  • March 23, 2020  

Deal reached on $2-trillion coronavirus stimulus bill — largest by far in U.S. history

  • Yahoo! News

Southeast Tourism Society: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

  • Fact Sheet

Local, State and National Resources


Gulf Coast Business Council

Mississippi State Department of Health

Mississippi Economic Council: Coronavirus Resources for Employers

Mississippi Secretary of State Executive Orders

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund – Apply for Aid

Information for Nonprofits

SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Area Chambers of Commerce:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Mississippi Small Business Development Center

Hotels nationwide sign up to support first responders; provide housing

  • Press Release, American Hotel & Lodging Association

Restaurant Resources

  • In order to promote our local restaurants and to keep our communities safe amid COVID-19 concerns, the Mississippi Coast Restaurant & Beverage Association is joining forces with the City of Gulfport to take the "Good to Go" campaign Coast-wide. Window signs are available to let patrons know you are open for To-go and delivery services, and we will be posting regularly on social media and our website about the restaurants that are open for business.
  • If you would like a sign for your business, please contact Susan Perkins at (228) 324-0032 or e-mail Also, please send us your business hours, contact info, menu items available, and other helpful information you would like made available to the public.
  • National Restaurant Association: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Executive Summary for Restaurants

Technology Resources

Industry Resources

A comprehensive list of resources is available here.

How Businesses are Adapting

What Coastal Mississippi is Doing

  • We’re serving as conduits of information from local, county and state officials and keeping our stakeholders informed as this situation evolves.
  • We’re encouraging residents and visitors to adhere to the requirements and recommendations of local and state officials, the CDC, and their health care providers.
  • We’re working with industry professionals to continue actively marketing our destination while being cognizant of our changing conditions.
  • We’re encouraging our residents and visitors alike to support and patronize our local area businesses in ways that comply with recommendations from local and state health officials, the CDC, and their health care providers.
  • We’re helping the media and the public understand the adverse effects that this situation will have on our visitor economy and how residents and visitors can help to minimize the impact to our local small businesses and hospitality community.
  • We’re actively working with legislators on behalf of our local hospitality industry to advocate for assistance and relief for businesses impacted by this crisis.

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