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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,
 
Happy Friday! Today's theme for Fairgrounds Appreciation Month is Serving in Times of Emergency! Share how your fairgrounds or your business has served your community in a time of crisis! 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!
 
 
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds is #WFAHereToHelp
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
 
 
 
 
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!
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! Support 4-H and FFA Students
Assemblyman James Gallagher
There's been a lot going on the past several days, but I wanted to try to draw some attention back over to our 4H and FFA students. Here's a short video I put together about how Junior Livestock Auctions are dealing with the threat of Coronavirus. Please visit www.asm.ca.gov/03 to learn more about how fairs in the North State are adapting and how you can help...WATCH NOW.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: 2020 Return to Live Events Survey Results
IFEA
Surveying over 2,000 regular attendees to sports events, festivals, fairs, exhibitions, and business conferences, Enigma Research, together with the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA), International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE), Exhibitor Media Group, Northstar Meetings Group and SportsTravel, have released the results of their 2020 Return to Live Events Survey, uncovering the “new normal” of events, including timelines and motivation to return, opinions on precautionary measures, travel intentions, plus information for sponsors and governments...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Unemployment Rate Hits 14.7%
The New York Times
The latest federal data revealed 20.5 million jobs lost in April, and unemployment rivaling the Great Depression. New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago are the primary generators of new coronavirus cases each day. President Trump will be tested daily after a valet fell ill...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! WHO suggests controversial 'challenge study' needed to help speed up search for coronavirus vaccine
Fox Business
The World Health Organization has suggested that deliberately infecting healthy volunteers with coronavirus may help speed up the search for a potential vaccine...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
INTERESTING IDEA: Here's How Ireland Plans to Bring Back Live Music and Festivals this Year
Altpress
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, tours and shows worldwide have been canceled and postponed. At this time, it is unknown when concerts and music festivals will return worldwide. While shows may not come back for a while, countries such as Ireland are already planning ways to reintroduce live music into society post-coronavirus...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Where the Major Sports Stand Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
The New York Times
A snapshot look at how the global sports calendar has shifted because of the virus...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: COVID-19 REOPENING GUIDANCE Considerations for the Global Attractions Industry
IAAPA
The principles and considerations outlined in the following publication were compiled from attractions operators around the world in consultation with an epidemiologist. They are designed to provide approaches for you to consider as you reopen your attraction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus may last 2 years, study warns. And its second wave could be worse.
USA Today
If COVID-19 follows a pattern set by the 1918 Spanish flu, the pandemic is likely to last up to two years and return with a vengeance this fall and winter – a second wave worse than the first, according to a study issued from the University of Minnesota...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! White House says it ordered CDC to revise reopening guidelines
Politico
The White House called the draft guidance “too prescriptive” and said it amounted to “counter messaging” as the administration pushes governors to come up with their own reopening plans...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.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
For Mothers Day, Lowe's promises to deliver $1M in flowers to senior homes
Fox News
Lowe’s is donating $1 million worth of flowers to nursing homes around the United States this Mother’s Day as the coronavirus pandemic keeps some families from celebrating together...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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