Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

Today's theme for Fairgrounds Appreciation Month is Shelters for Displaced Residents. This week we are appreciating the many ways our fairgrounds serve our communities in times of emergency. Fairgrounds play a vital roll in ensuring the safety of our community members year-round. When sharing your stories and the ways you serve your communities, make sure to tag us on social media, and use #FairgroundsAppreciationMonth and #WFAHereToHelp. Keep up the great work!

Today we will be hosting another COVID-19 Communications Discussion. Please use the call-in information to sign in and participate!

As always WFA is here for you! Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can help you with!

Sending our love and support,

Western Fairs Association Team
WFA COVID-19 Communications
Featured Topic: Membership Benefits Program & Insurance
Time: May 20, 2020 2:00 PM PST
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NEW! Virtual Graduation Celebrations
The Caricature Entertainment
Graduation Traditionally Celebrated with Caricature, and now before and after social distancing...CHECK IT OUT!
NEW! COVID-19: Testing expected to begin at Ukiah fairgrounds next week
The Ukiah Daily Journal
Mendocino County officials announced Monday that they expect to begin offering free, public COVID-19 testing at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah next week, once a promised OptumServe machine is delivered...CHECK IT OUT!
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: C.D.C. Releases More Guidelines for Reopening Schools and Businesses
The New York Times
As of today, all 50 states will have begun to reopen. Hundreds of migrant children have been deported during the pandemic. Trump threatened to withhold federal funds from Michigan for expanding mail-in voting...READ MORE.
NEW! Some Small Businesses That Got Aid Fear the Rules Too Much to Spend It
The New York Times
Requirements for using federal coronavirus loans are complicated and confusing for owners. “It’s chaos,” one lawyer said...READ MORE.
NEW! CARES Act expands small business access to less expensive, quicker bankruptcy option
Fox Business
As the coronavirus pandemic weighs on businesses around the U.S., a new bankruptcy option that was expanded under the CARES Act may be able to help some small businesses navigate the crisis...READ MORE.
NEW! House Passes COVID-19 Legislation That Includes Murphy’s Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Layoffs
U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy
A bipartisan bill spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., was included in legislation passed by the House today, called the HEROES Act, which is Congress’s latest effort to combat COVID-19...READ MORE.
NEW! Europe's Economy Was Hit Hard Too, But Jobs Didn't Disappear Like In The U.S.
When the British economy ground to a halt a few weeks ago, Reda Maher suddenly found himself among the ranks of the unemployed, alongside untold millions of other people around the world...READ MORE.
NEW! 5 Tips For Small Business Owners Navigating Covid-19
There’s no doubt that small business owners have been among the worst hit by the impact of Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to embrace...READ MORE.
NEW! Coronavirus: CDC releases swimming pool reopening guidelines
The Centers For Disease Control has issued some guidelines for anyone thinking of going to the pool as states relax restrictions...CHECK IT OUT.
INTERESTING IDEA: First U.S. theme parks set post-COVID-19 reopening dates
The Orange County Register
Smaller regional theme parks have begun setting firm reopening dates for May and June based on local and state government guidance...CHECK IT OUT.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
Estimated to benefit more than 36 million workers and widely supported by 93 members of Congress, economists, labor leaders and business owners, this legislation utilizes direct grants to businesses of all sizes to put workers back on payroll and health care, help ensure businesses aren’t forced to close permanently and finally meet the scale of this unprecedented crisis with certainty...READ MORE.
NEW! Health professionals warn of ‘explosion’ of coronavirus cases in minority communities
Covid-19 is hitting black and brown communities especially hard. But many states aren't releasing or collecting the data to help fight back...CHECK IT OUT.
INTERESTING IDEA: A Maryland restaurant purchased 'bumper tables' that look like giant inner tubes to keep customers 6 feet apart
Fish Tales plans to seat guests in a novel way when it reopens. Customers at the Maryland restaurant will get their own "bumper table...CHECK IT OUT.
Morning Boost
Today Show
  • Man plays graduation march for members of the class of 2020...CHECK IT OUT.
  • Dad creates Olympics at home for kids under quarantine...CHECK IT OUT.
Several days ago, we called on you to help, and you delivered! Whether it was from making financial contributions, engaging on social media, writing letters to your elected officials, sharing your story with your community, or maybe all four, you, Western Fairs Association Members, delivered! Thank you for your participation and support of the Network of Fairs!

While Stage 1 was effective, we are not done. The Western Fairs Association and the California Fairs Alliance have been busy preparing additional materials for you so that we can effectively tell our story, and take action on behalf of our members. Use the link below to see how you can take action on behalf of the fair industry!
Stay safe and healthy!