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NEAAPA Member Resources for COVID-19

NEAAPA is continually monitoring information regarding this global pandemic. Information and resources will be published here and updated as much as possible.

Make sure your voice is heard! In times like this, it is important that our elected representatives know the direct impact that COVID-19 is going to have on your business and the industry as a whole. You can find information on how to contact your state representatives by going to https://neaapa.com/legislation-home/. Just click on your state to get started.

NEAAPA has drafted a letter that you can personalize and email to your federal representatives. You can view the letter here and get the email addresses of your federal senators and representatives. 

IAAPA has made it easy to contact your FEDERAL elected representatives. Just go to https://iaapaaction.org/covid-19/ to get started.

Below is a message from IAAPA North America Vice President and Executive Director John Hallenbeck:

On Wednesday, March 25, the Senate passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, CARES Act, H.R. 748. This bipartisan package provides essential economic support to businesses of all sizes across the country, and their workers. The House of Representatives will take up the bill tomorrow, and it is expected to pass and be signed into law. Passage of the CARES Act is the third Coronavirus relief Act. While not perfect, this deal gives the attractions industry a fighting chance against the economic catastrophe being caused by COVID-19 and will help to prepare us for recovery.

A section-by-section summary can be found here: CARESSection-by-SectionFINAL.pdf

SBA Resources Available to Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses only in federally-declared disaster areas, suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Small Businesses may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans by visiting: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail
disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

J-1 Program Suspended until May 10, 2020

The Department of State has temporarily suspended Visa application meetings with J-1 Work and Travel students until May 10, 2020. You can find additional information on the Department's website at https://j1visa.state.gov/covid-19/.

As always, you should contact your sponsor for any other questions related to that specific program.

List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

List N includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.

When purchasing a product, check if its EPA registration number is included on this list. If it is, you have a match and the product can be used against SARS-CoV-2. You can find this number on the product label – just look for the EPA Reg. No. These products may be marketed and sold under different brand names, but if they have the same EPA registration number, they are the same product.

https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

Department of Homeland Security - Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
CISA Insights - Risk Management for COVID-19

https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/20_0318_cisa_insights_coronavirus.pdf

Marketing and Communication Resources and Ideas

During this time, it is important to maintain communication with your guests and do so in a way that does not come across as a sales pitch.

Here are a few ideas that members that have used.

  • Create coloring pages from logos and park images
  • Create word search puzzles using the words and names that are related to your business
  • Post images that are more scenic and not focused on guests, with a message that your business will be here when this is over.

Remember to stay in communication with your guests through social media, even if you don't have a solid plan in place. Your guests are on social media and are looking for distractions for themselves and their families. It is important for them to remember you during this time.

National and New England Agencies covering COVID-19

Below are a list of resources for protecting yourselves, your employees, and your business.

 

This is a rapidly changing situation around the country and New England, and we will do our best to keep our members informed on the latest information. If you have information that you think should be shared on this page, please send an email to secretary@neaapa.com.

Resources from Affiliate Associations and Other Organizations

IAAPA North America Member Resources and Support

IAAPA Security Advisory Program

Look for the "Read Current Situation Report" on the right.