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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

Today is National Wear Your Pajamas to Work  Day! Can you think of a more fitting holiday? While you are working from home make sure to check in on a few members of your fair family, and remember that Western Fairs Association is here for your and #heretohelp!

Wednesday, April 22nd, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time we will be hosting another virtual discussion to collaborate amongst ourselves, discussing the diverse ways each of us is steering through our current reality. We encourage you to attend and participate in this vital virtual discussion. Please use the call-in information listed below:

Topic: WFA COVID-19 Communications Virtual Discussion
Time: Apr 22, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time
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Phone: +1 (669) 900-9128
Meeting ID: 210 210 1776
Password: 1776

Sending our love and support,

Western Fairs Association Team
 
 
 
 
 
FROM WESTERN FAIRS ASSOCIATION
 
 
Antelope Valley Fair 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.
 
 
 
 
WHAT ARE OUR MEMBERS DOING?
 
 
 
 
NEW! Salvation Army to open emergency homeless shelter at fairgrounds in Lewis County
The Olympian
The Salvation Army and Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (LCPHSS) will open an emergency homeless shelter at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis, LCPHSS announced Tuesday...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Extreme Food & Beverage
Fresh squeezed Phil's Lemonade available outside The Pub. LOWER PRICE...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Read and Ride Bookmark Design Contest
Arizona State Fair
SRP has partnered with the Arizona State Fair to launch the Arizona State Fair Annual Bookmark Design Contest. Beginning February 24, 2020 Arizona children grades K – 6 are encouraged to design bookmarks showcasing a “Save Water Today for Tomorrow” theme...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Lending Program Runs Out of Funds; 22 Million Americans Have Filed for Unemployment
The New York Times
A federal program to help small businesses is out of money. Flaws in testing are hindering efforts to track the virus. Protesters have begun demonstrating against stay-at-home orders...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance: Points of entry and mass gatherings
World Health Organization
Questions and answers on mass gatherings and COVID-19...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus government response updates: New guidelines for reopening country coming Thursday, Trump says
ABC News
President Donald Trump says he plans to speak with the nation's governors on Thursday after reversing himself on a key argument, now saying it will be up to the governors of individual states to implement reopening plans amid the coronavirus pandemic and that the federal government would provide oversight...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! More Than 5.2 Million U.S. Workers Filed for Unemployment: Live Updates
The New York Times
Some banks are keeping money meant to help Americans cover basic expenses...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! CDC director says 19-20 U.S. states may be ready to reopen May 1
The Star
The director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday he believes 19 or 20 U.S. states have had limited impact from the new coronavirus and their governors believe they may be ready to reopen by President Donald Trump's May 1 target date...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! The World Needs The World Health Organization, Now More Than Ever. So Why Is Trump Cutting WHO’s Funding?
Forbes
In what might be his lowest act of retaliation to date, President Trump announced on Tuesday that he is planning to cut funds to the World Health Organization (WHO)...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Chamber to give $5K grants to small businesses
The Hill
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a fund to provide assistance to small businesses in the form of $5,000 grants, the pro-business lobbying group announced on Wednesday...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Governor Launches Plan To Get Unemployment Benefits To Independent Contractors During Coronavirus Pandemic
CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Governor Gavin Newsom says the state is dealing with an unprecedented number of unemployment claims across the state...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Small Business Grants Program
Facebook Business
We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time...APPLY NOW.
 
 
 
 
Small business loan program expands with PayPal, Square, Intuit
ABC News
A number of fintech companies -- many of them household names -- can now participate in the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program, and that is good news for scores of small business owners who might not have existing relationships with larger banks which have prioritized that in accepting applications so far...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
Special education teacher using stimulus check to make masks for his students
Fox News
Special education teacher Ruben Caceres explains what he's doing with his stimulus money...WATCH NOW.
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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