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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

Happy National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day, National Kindergarten Day, and National Library Workers Day! I haven't figured out a way for these holidays to all work together, but we hope you have a great day!

Sending our love and support,

Western Fairs Association Team
 
 
 
 
 
FROM WESTERN FAIRS ASSOCIATION
 
 
Cow Palace is #WFAHereToHelp
 
 
NEW! We Are Here to HELP Digital Campaign
Western Fairs Association and our members are HERE TO HELP as we navigate our way through COVID-19. Today more than ever we are seeing our local, state, and national governments call upon the fair industry to assist during times of crisis; nationwide, Fairgrounds stand to serve. Let’s make #WFAHereToHelp travel the world...JOIN THE CAMPAIGN.
 
 
 
 
UPDATED: WFA COVID-19 Updates Webpage
The Western Fairs Association COVID-19 Updates webpage includes a full list of fair cancellations, resources, and information by country and state. This page is updated daily... VISIT OUR SITE.
 
 
 
 
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Topic: WFA COVID-19 Communications Virtual Discussion
Time: Apr 22, 2020 1:00 PM Pacific Time
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Meeting ID: 210 210 1776
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FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! Carnivals, Fairs, Festivals, and Amusement Parks - Are we last to open and why?
Carnival Warehouse
The roadmap to re-opening the country was released by the President on Thursday and it shows a three-tiered guideline for states.  Not surprisingly, mass gatherings and large outdoor events were in the last phase of the plan...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Says He Will Halt Immigration; Markets Dip as Oil Prices Crater
The New York Times
President Trump announced the plan in a late-night tweet with few details, and it was unclear how many people would be affected. Mayors in Georgia pushed back on the governor’s decision to reopen the state...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns Trump may put US in 'further danger' during coronavirus crisis
ABC News
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned against President Donald Trump's actions and rhetoric during the coronavirus public health crisis, insisting that his message could put the U.S. in "further danger."...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! What Happens If U.S. Reopens Too Fast? Documents Show Federal Coronavirus Projections
NPR
Federal health officials estimated in early April that more than 300,000 Americans could die from COVID-19 if all social distancing measures are abandoned, and later estimates pushed the possible death toll even higher, according to documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. Some outside experts say even that grim outlook may be too optimistic...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Washington Post: US officials at WHO relayed real-time coronavirus information to Trump administration
CNN Politics
A group of US officials working at the World Health Organization headquarters transmitted real-time information about the novel coronavirus directly to the Trump administration, US and international officials told the Washington Post...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Self-Employed And Struggling? How To Choose Between Unemployment And The Paycheck Protection Program
Forbes
Last Friday, the two primary stimulus programs for small businesses —Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) and the Paycheck Protection (PPP) Loan program— both ran out of money. PPP loans dried up just days after they became available to gig workers, freelancers and the self-employed...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Dispute Over Virus Testing Delays Deal on Aid to Small Businesses and Hospitals
The New York Times
Democrats are insisting that the legislation require the Trump administration to establish a national testing strategy, but the president wants states to take responsibility...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Here’s who is hiring right now, amid a bleak jobs picture
CNBC
With many non-essential businesses forced to close, workers across the country are suddenly facing extended furloughs or lay-offs. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% — from 3.5% — its highest level since August 2017, and it will likely climb much higher...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Tracking the virus may require 300,000 workers. We're nowhere close.
Politico
The country only has a fraction of workers needed to trace the coronavirus, as health departments are scraping together a rag tag army of graduate students, workers from a city attorney's office and even librarians...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
Prom 2020: Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep. 4
Some Good News
John Krasinski highlights some good news around the world (including weather from Brad Pitt), has NASA astronauts from the International Space Station stop by, and invites you to relive #SGNProm with special guests Billie Eilish, Jonas Brothers, Chance the Rapper, and Rainn Wilson...WATCH MORE.
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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