COVID-19 Resources You Can UseMarch 24, 2020CVB Membership COVID-19 Update
March 23, 2020
The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted the Cincinnati region and our local tourism, hospitality, and events industries in an unprecedented manner. We know that many of you, our CVB members and partners, are feeling the direct effects of this pandemic and are facing complicated personal and professional challenges.
First and foremost, the Cincinnati USA CVB is focused on the well-being of our community and visitors. For us, that means not only prioritizing your health but also doing everything we can to support you and your businesses. The services and experiences that your companies offer are what make Cincinnati a top destination for visitors, and the CVB will continue to serve as a resource throughout this crisis.
Below, you will find links to hospitality-focused resources that may be helpful to you during this time. You can find more resources and information on our CVB COVID-19 Resource Page at www.CincyUSA.com/COVID-19.
As the situation continues to unfold, we will continue to provide additional resources and assistance. Our hospitality industry is strong and resilient and we will get through this crisis together.
COVID-19 by the Numbers
As of 2 p.m. this afternoon, there are 442 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, including 26 in Hamilton County. Click here for more info from Governor DeWine's daily address.
Yesterday, Governor DeWine issued a "Stay-At-Home" order, requiring all Ohioans to stay home until April 6, with the exception of certain "essential" businesses and warranted outings, such as going to the grocery store or caring for a friend or family member. Here's an overview of what exactly the Stay-At-Home Order means.
Local Webinar Opportunity for Businesses
On Wednesday, March 25 at noon, members of KMK Law's COVID-19 Response Team will discuss the latest COVID-19 developments impacting businesses across the nation, including labor and employment, employee benefits and compensation, changes to unemployment policies, new legislation and more. Click here to register.
Prioritize Self Care
Your mental health during COVID-19 is just as important as your physical health. The New York Times put together a list of 10 Ways to Ease Your Coronavirus Anxiety. Check it out here.
Turn up the Cincinnati COVID-19 Tunes
You’re cooped up in your house, practicing social distancing, washing your hands all the time. Fear not! Cincinnati’s rich musical tradition is here to make you feel better. The CVB put together this coronavirus-inspired Spotify playlist with songs by Cincinnati artists. Give a listen and maybe you’ll find a new favorite song. You can also download songs, because, with bars and theatres closed, the musicians need support now, too.
Keep Washing Your Hands
We hear it all the time, but do you know just how important soap is for killing germs that spread the coronavirus? This video from Vox shows you how powerful simple soap and water - plus 20 seconds of scrubbing - can be in the fight against COVID-19.
Cincinnati Virtual Tip Jar
Support local service industry employees via their personal Venmo or PayPal accounts. Click here to receive assistance or make a donation.
One Fair Wage
This national organization is raising funds to give cash assistance to tipped workers and service workers affected by COVID-19. The goal is to give $213 (a play on the $2.13 federal minimum wage for tipped workers) to each worker who needs it. Click here to sign up or to make a donation.
SBA Disaster Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to learn more.
Facebook Small Business Grants
Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries Facebook will begin taking applications in the coming weeks. Click here to receive updates on the program.
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation
This restaurant-focused organization set up a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund to benefit both restaurant owners and workers, which includes zero-interest loans for businesses and funds for individual workers experiencing economic hardship. Click here for help or to donate.
SupportRestaurants.org Dining Bonds
Dining bonds can be purchased at a value rate today, to be redeemed for full face value in the future. For restaurants, the bonds can bring in much-needed revenue. For the public, they're a chance to show love and support, ensuring the future of some of their favorite restaurants and their employees. Click here to learn more.
Share Your Virtual Experiences
The CVB has created a landing page to share the virtual experiences created by local attractions, restaurants, and businesses to encourage public engagement in the midst of social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to send updates to the CVB team.
Webinar for Visitor Attractions Industry Response to COVID-19
Dexibit, which provides insights and data to visitor attractions, hosted this webinar about impacts, approaches, and strategies for managing visitor attractions through the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to watch the webinar recording or click here to download the presentation.
Latest Attractions Business News and Trends
Stay up to date with how visitor attractions around the world are reacting and responding to COVID-19 via Blooloop, a news source for industry professionals working in the field of visitor attractions. Click here for the latest news.
ADVOCATE FOR OUR INDUSTRY
Share Your COVID-19 Story with Members of Congress
The Power of Travel Coalition has created a portal where you can share how COVID-19 has impacted you and your business with members of Congress. These personal anecdotes will help shape legislation aimed at relieving industries suffering from COVID-19, including travel and tourism. Be sure to include details, data, and personal experiences to show the true impact of this outbreak. Click here to share your story.
Visit www.CincyUSA.com/COVID-19 for more information.