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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

Thank you to those who were able to participate in yesterday's Virtual Discussion! A special thank you to Isaac and Ed from EventsPass for sharing your thoughts and offering your help on Sponsorships and Relationships during this troublesome time.

Today's theme for Fairgrounds Appreciation Month is Entertainment! Make sure to tag us on social media and use #FairgroundsAppreciationMonth and #WFAHereToHelp. We are looking forward to seeing all of the ways you are sharing what our amazing industry does! We have loved seeing all of your posts so far! Keep up the great work!

Sending our love and support,

Western Fairs Association Team
 
 
 
 
 
FROM WESTERN FAIRS ASSOCIATION
 
 
 
 
NEW! Proud Member of Western Fairs Association Digital Stamp
We are proud to have you all as members, check out our new Digital Stamp to include on your website, social media, or email signature...DOWNLOAD TODAY!
 
 
 
 
NEW! Proud Member of California Fairs Alliance Digital Stamp
We have rebranded and are ready to take action, CFA members we appreciate you! Here is your new Digital Stamp to include on your website, social media, or email signature...DOWNLOAD TODAY!
 
 
 
 
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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WFA COVID-19 Communications
Featured Topic: Membership Benefits Program & Insurance
Time: May 20, 2020 2:00 PM PST
Join Zoom Meeting: Link to Join
Phone: +1 (669) 900-9128
Meeting ID: 210 210 1776
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WHAT ARE OUR MEMBERS DOING?
 
 
 
 
NEW! EventsPass Presentation: Sponsorship & Relationships
Events Pass
Thank you to those who were able to attend yesterday's virtual discussion. For presentation, additional information and how to contact the EventsPass Team...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
NEW! Redwood Acres Fairgrounds COVID-19 testing center booking appointments
Times Standard
Humboldt County residents can now schedule a COVID-19 test at the new OptumServe Testing site at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Pueblo health dept. urges tests for those with virus symptoms
Pueblo Chieftain
The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment said on Tuesday that they’re hoping more Puebloans take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing being offered at the Colorado State Fairgrounds as more results are needed to drive local decisions...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! COVID-19 Conversations: OABA Issues Ready to Open Talking Points for Carnivals and Fairs
Carnival Warehouse
Half of March, all of April and what looks like the entire month of May – some of the busiest, highest revenue producing weeks and weekends for some carnival companies – have been lost due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  What will happen to outdoor events for the rest of the year, will fairs be open and if so what are the safest policies to be instituted...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: White House Rejected C.D.C. Reopening Guidelines, Asking for Revisions
The New York Times
Another 3.2 million people filed for unemployment benefits, and in some states, more than 25 percent of workers are unemployed. The governor of Texas said people would not be jailed for defiantly reopening businesses...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! How to qualify for a small business credit card
Fox Business
Getting a small business credit card can be a great way to legitimize your business. Not only do they make it possible to separate your business and personal expenses, but they also help you establish a business credit history, provide some cash flow management tools and more...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! How to Reopen Your Small Business Safely
Investopedia
As entrepreneurs, small business owners are used to setting goals and solving problems. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many small businesses into the unenviable position of deciding when to reopen—and how to do it safely...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! As Hunger Swells, Food Stamps Become a Partisan Flash Point
The New York Times
Democrats are seeking to raise benefits as research shows a rise in food insecurity without modern precedent amid the pandemic. But Republicans have balked at a long-term expansion of the program...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! More On Unemployment Benefits For The Self-Employed, Independent Contractors, And Gig-Economy Workers: Lawyer On Front Lines Answers Advanced Questions
Forbes
Thanks to the CARES Act, self-employed people out of work now can, for the first time, collect unemployment benefits when their income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As this is an entirely new development, state unemployment systems are overwhelmed and the rules remain unclear...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
INTERESTING IDEA: Cedar Fair considering capacity limits, virtual queuing, in reopening of Cedar Point, other parks
Cleveland.com
It’s still unclear when — or even if — Cedar Point and other Cedar Fair parks will open this year. But company executives gave a glimpse into what the parks might look like when they do reopen...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Unofficial CA unemployment help
Facebook Group
EDD has a massive influx of calls so not a lot of people are getting any answers. Let’s help each other with our own experiences and collective knowledge so no one is left behind. I really hope this can be a useful resource for lots of people. Share your knowledge if you have insights!...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! President Trump Wants To Reopen Economy Despite CDC Warnings
NPR
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Betsey Stevenson, an economist at the University of Michigan, and Eric Toner, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, about reopening the economy...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers
US Travel Association 
Developed based on Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and White House guidelines: “Opening Up America Again“ and in consultation with public health experts...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Support Musicians During the CV19 Crisis
Musicians Foundation
Please help us continue to assist professional musicians during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Many thousands of performers, educators, and composers have been left with no work. As most do not have a safety net, they turn to Musicians Foundation for support...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
Nike Donates Tens of Thousands of Shoes They Designed Exclusively for Healthcare Workers
Good News Network
After designing a special athletic shoe for healthcare workers that can withstand 12-hour shifts, Nike has donated 30,000 pairs to hospitals across the United States and 2,500 to hospitals in Europe...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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