Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

Welcome to another week filled with updates and hopefully some good news! 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.

On Wednesday, April 8th at 2:30 PM Pacific Time the Western Fairs Association will be hosting another industry update and membership call. We invite our members to join in on our virtual discussion to collaborate amongst ourselves, discussing the diverse ways each of us are steering through our current reality. Please use the call-in information listed below:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us   /j/2102101776?pwd=ODRTK0pTb3FCTklrWStUcUc1ZDVJZz09

Number: 1 (669) 900-9128

Meeting ID: 210 210 1776

Password: 1776

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.
UPDATED: Western Fairs Association App
Along with 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.
NEW! Special Edition: Industry Reacts to COVID-19 Pandemic
Amusement Today
The Special COVID-19 Edition digital issue showcases the strength of the industry in these challenging times...READ MORE.
Free Food Safety and Career Development Training and Resources
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! Sheraton Fairplex in Pomona will soon open 244 rooms for coronavirus patients
Daily Bulletin
Starting next week, the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel will open up 244 rooms to quarantine coronavirus patients, those who show symptoms and those awaiting test results, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis said at a news conference Friday, March 20... CHECK IT OUT.
NEW! Oregon Is Opening a 250-Bed Emergency Hospital at the State Fairgrounds to Treat COVID-19 Patients
Willamette Week
Oregon is setting up a 250-bed emergency hospital to treat patients for COVID-19, Gov. Kate Brown announced during a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning...READ MORE.
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. States Scramble, and U.K. Braces for Dark Days
The New York Times
As governors charted their own course in combating the spread, White House advisers sparred over the effectiveness of an untested drug. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain was in the hospital as his symptoms persisted...READ MORE.
NEW! Free Money For Small Business: Two Loans You May Not Have To Repay–That You Should Apply For Now
Congress did something unprecedented this week in terms of direct financial assistance for small and medium-sized businesses. There’s very little paperwork involved, the upside is impressive, and this article will tell you how to take advantage...READ MORE.
NEW! Welcome to OnwardCA: Have you lost your Job?
Losing your job amidst a pandemic is traumatic. OnwardCA is a resource that has been rapidly deployed by a broad coalition of companies, foundations, and humans who want to help. Help you get money or groceries or child care; help you upskill, reskill, or refresh; and help you land a great new job... EXPLORE PAGE.
NEW! U.S. Is Nowhere Close to Reopening the Economy, Experts Say
The New York Times
Here’s what economists say the United States needs to start returning to normal amid the coronavirus outbreak — and how the economy can survive in the meantime...READ MORE.
NEW! Newly Available CARES Act Loans: 10 Things Small Businesses Need To Know
The federal government has recently enacted two pieces of legislation to help small businesses weather the COVID-19 crisis, including the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act passed on March 25, which provides $349 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. The previous bill provided for $7 billion in additional loans...READ MORE.
NEW! Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms...READ MORE.
UPDATED: COVID-19 Response & Preparedness
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.
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.
'Simply the right thing to do': Valley continues acts of kindness as coronavirus spreads
Though the new coronavirus continues to spread around the state, having claimed the lives of 41 people as of April 3, Arizonans have continued to show kindness and compassion toward one another despite the unprecedented circumstances... READ MORE.
Stay safe and healthy!