BRAC monitoring regional business impact of COVID-19


The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is working to analyze the regional impact on businesses due to the coronavirus.

“The impacts of COVID-19 are requiring businesses to adjust practices,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “We encourage businesses to put a plan in place, communicate that plan clearly with employees, clients and vendors, and remain informed as the situation develops. Taking the survey will help us understand how businesses are responding, and evaluate impact on the regional economy.”

In light of the executive order from Governor John Bel Edwards to limit large gatherings, the operations of restaurants and to close movie theatres, casinos and bars, BRAC estimates the following impact to businesses in the Baton Rouge metro:

  • 1,600+ restaurants and bars in the BR metro
  • 29,865 employees
  • $583m in earnings in 2019
  • Paid $109.6m in taxes
  • $833.5m in GRP

BRAC has launched an online survey designed to gather the impact of COVID-19 on local businesses and the regional economy. The survey, and recommendations and resources for businesses, is available at

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