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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,


We hope our newsletters find you safe and well, as we continue to bring you relevant and up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the resources that are available to you. Throughout the news this week we were flooded with the amazing things that our members are doing to serve their communities and the innovative ways that WFA members have adjusted to life during this outbreak. Are your grounds serving as an alternative care facility? A testing center? A homeless shelter? Did you donate those in need? Did you come up with a new way to share your talents? Please share with the Western Fairs Association Staff by replying to this email, so that we can share all of the incredible things you are doing. 

 
 
 
 
 
FROM WESTERN FAIRS ASSOCIATION
 
 
 
 
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… let’s show the extensive reach of the Fair Industry. Post your own example - using the attached #WFAHereToHelp sign - of how you, members of the fair industry, stand to serve in your unique way. Join in as we flood social media with a viral campaign showcasing how impactful our industry truly is. Let us all do what we do best: serve our communities...JOIN THE CAMPAIGN.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Western Fairs Association App
Along with the The Western Fairs Association COVID-19 Updates webpage, the WFA mobile app also includes a full list of fair cancellations and easy access to our daily newsletters...DOWNLOAD THE APP.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! Free Food Safety and Career Development Training and Resources
ServSafe
Coronavirus is on everyone's mind as its effects are being felt around the world. We're all concerned for the health and safety of our families, friends, and colleagues. Please know that we at ServSafe are taking all necessary measures to safeguard our staff while ensuring that your food safety needs can be met. We are taking enhanced steps to serve you by phone and digitally via text, chat and email... SIGN UP.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Representative Long Comments for Fairs and Carnivals
Mr. LONG. Mr. Speaker, the Seventh Congressional District of Missouri’s economy has a significant dependence on seasonal outdoor amusement and entertainment including the Ozark Empire Fair, the carnivals on the midways of county fairs, and the nation’s favorite vacation spot, Branson...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
WHAT ARE OUR MEMBERS DOING?
 
 
 
 
NEW! School Tours in Your Home
Pacific Animal Productions & San Diego County Fair
In light of the uncertainty with school schedules, we decided to bring the School Tours Program and Activity Book to every child- no matter where they are... CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Contra Costa County fairgrounds being transformed into makeshift medical ward to treat COVID-19 patients
East Bay Times
Exhibit halls that usually house Contra Costa County Fair agricultural, home goods and fine arts displays will soon be equipped with beds and medical equipment in case they are needed to treat COVID-19 patients...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Response: National Guard sets up 250-bed facility on San Mateo fairgrounds
ABC7
As San Mateo County prepares for a surge in new coronavirus cases, the National Guard arrived at the San Mateo Event Center Sunday to erect a 250-bed medical facility, overnight...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Homeless shelter prompted by coronavirus to be funded through April
Red Bluff Daily News
Tehama County Health Services Agency Executive Director Val Lucero said Tuesday the homeless shelter at the Tehama District Fairground, brought about due to the coronavirus pandemic, is funded at least through the end of April...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Half of Humanity Under Lockdown Orders
The New York Times
Roughly four billion people have been told to stay in their homes, but some U.S. states have resisted such measures. New jobs report shows staggering losses are likely to get worse...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! COVID-19 Response & Preparedness
HBE
As we navigate the uncertain environment created by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, HBE continues to take measures to protect the health and safety of our employees, our clients, and the communities we serve. This includes efforts to ensure that we reduce the risk of spreading the virus in our workplace while also maintaining communication with our clients in an efficient manner...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Guide to SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Friday’s Jobs Report Ends Almost a Decade of Gains: Live Updates
The New York Times
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said banks had processed up to $4 million in small business loans by 10 a.m...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! 1 Million Coronavirus Cases Have Now Been Reported Worldwide
NPR
Countries around the world have now reported more than 1 million coronavirus cases, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow. The respiratory disease has killed more than 51,000 people and is found in at least 181 countries and regions...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! What you need to know if you’re considering a face mask, according to experts
CNBC
Should we all be wearing masks? It’s the question on everyone’s mind amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected at least 226,374 people in the United States as of Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! White House says small business lending will begin Friday, but JPMorgan says it’s not ready
CNBC
Hours before the launch of a federal program to dole out at least $350 billion in loans to struggling small businesses, banks interviewed by CNBC weren’t sure they’d be ready...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
UPDATED: Help wanted amid coronavirus pandemic: These companies are hiring
Fox Business
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, major companies are looking to ramp up their workforces to meet the demand for critical products such as food, household essentials and medical supplies... READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
Mystery Mom Has Been Leaving Out Free Bagged Lunches ‘Made With Love’ for Anyone Who May Need Them
Good News Network
An anonymous Maryland mother is being hailed for leaving out hundreds of bagged lunches for her community during the novel coronavirus shutdowns... READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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