Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Industry Cares Act Info

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE
March 28, 2020

Please refer to State of Tennessee website for direct link options.

WWW.HOSPITALITYTN.COM/COVID-19-UPDATE

Public Service Announcement:

IN THIS ISSUE:
• HOSPITALITY & TOURISM INDUSTRY CARES ACT ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
CARES Act Eligibility Guide, Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act, SBA Business Interruption Loans, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, SBA Express Loans, Emergency Federal Reserve Stabilization Programs, SBA Debt Relief for New & Existing SBA Loans, Economic Relief for Airports & Tourism and Real ID Enforcement Delay

• A NOTE FROM TN DEPT. OF TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER MARK EZELL

• TN DEPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES OFFERING PROGRAMS & SERVICES TO ASSIST TENNESSEANS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

• FREE ONLINE SERVSAFE "TAKOUT & DELIVERY PRECAUTIONS" AND "FOOD HANDLER CERTIFICATION AVAILABLE FROM NRA


HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY
CARES ACT ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

There are many ways that the hospitality and tourism industry can tap into federal assistance through the CARES Act. It is important to note that while US Travel, American Hotel & Lobby, and National Restaurant Associations will be urging the federal agencies to expedite their regulations to ensure impacted businesses can access loans immediately, processes will evolve.

The document available in the button below should be considered a guide to help direct you to the type of assistance for which your organization may be eligible. Through the regulatory process, we will seek more specific information and provide it as it becomes available.

Sources: US Travel Association & AH&LA

CARES ACT ELIGIBILITY GUIDE


Learn what the different parts of CARES Act mean for you and your hospitality & tourism business/organization with the guides below:

SMALL BUSINESS OWNER'S GUIDE TO THE CARE ACT


SBA CARES ACT BUSINESS INTERRUPTION LOANS


SBA CARES ACT ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS


SBA CARES ACT EXPRESS LOANS


EMERGENCY FEDERAL RESERVE STABILIZATION PROGRAMS


CARES ACT DEBT RELIEF FOR NEW & EXISTING SBA LOANS


ECONOMIC RELIEF FOR AIRPORTS & TOURISM; REAL ID DELAY

A NOTE FROM MARK EZELL
COMMISSIONER
TN DEPT OF TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

Dear Industry Partners,

In an unprecedented, seemingly dark time, a ray of hope begins to shine.

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD) team and I have been working behind the scenes to make sure the voice of Tennessee’s second largest industry is heard during the COVID-19 crisis.

This week, representatives from DMOs, tourist attractions, restaurant, hotel and entertainment industries discussed with Gov. Bill Lee, members of Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Leadership Team and a number of state agency leaders how COVID-19 has impacted business. According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 39,096 new unemployment claims were filed, a nearly 20 fold increase in week-over-week claims. The realities of layoffs, closed businesses, unemployment and many other hardships are clear.

I’m thankful for the leadership of Gov. Lee, COO Butch Eley and members of Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Leadership Team, Commissioner Jeff McCord and a number of state agency leaders for their attention and support of our industry. They have shown great empathy and respect for this challenging time. Governor Lee is committed to helping this industry and all Tennesseans as we survive this health and economic crisis.

Over the last two weeks, we laid the groundwork for a number of initiatives to help our industry navigate this crisis and recover quickly. I’m pleased to report that, today, Gov. Lee announced:

• TDTD, together with the Tennessee Department of Labor Workforce & Development, Hospitality TN, Tennessee Retail Association, and the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association partnered to create the Tennessee Talent Exchange, powered by Jobs4TN, which quickly connects job seekers to hiring companies in the grocery, retail and logistics industry. The new initiative helps hospitality employees who are now in need of job opportunities transition into another industry that is in need of an expanded workforce.

• Additionally, TDTD worked with Gov. Lee’s office to develop “Do Your Part, Stay Apart,” a public service announcement campaign that urges Tennesseans to adopt preventative health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. “Do Your Part, Stay Apart” features Governor Bill Lee, First Lady Maria Lee and Tennessee celebrities Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, University of Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway, former NFL Titan Eddie George and Taj George, Titans Coach Mike Vrabel, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, University of Tennessee athletics director Phil Fulmer and Vicky Fulmer, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith and Cece Winans, and more. Dozens of music artists, athletes and sports organizations who collectively reach millions of Tennesseans will join the campaign via social media. I encourage you to join in as well with the hashtag #TNStayApart and tag @TDTDIndustry, @GovBillLee and @TNDeptofHealth.
As always, the TDTD team wants to help you during this time whether it’s through sharing your virtual experiences with travelers, discussing PR, sales and marketing tactics or just giving a listening ear. We are here for you.
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The sudden economic impact of COVID-19 has rippled through the tourism industry rapidly. Recovery will be arduous and challenging. But, I am hopeful that with the continued support of Gov. Bill Lee, the constant advocacy work done by U.S. Travel Association, Travel South and others, and the inspiration shared with our past and future travelers through virtual experiences and more, we will come back better and stronger. We are #TennesseeStrong.

Continued health to you all,


The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is offering several programs and services to assist Tennesseans impacted by COVID-19.

Services include emergency cash assistance, food assistance, assistance in the area of child care, and ongoing programs such as SNAP, Families First, Child Support, Adult Protective Services, and Child Care Certification.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


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FREE ONLINE SERVESAFE COURSES AVAILABLE THROUGH APRIL 30
"TAKEOUT & DELIVERY: COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS"
AND "FOOD HANDLER" COURSES


The National Restaurant Association has produced and is making available free-of-charge a new training video designed to provide restaurant owners, managers, and employeeswith helpful information regarding takeout and delivery service. The video covers a wide variedty of topics, including:
• An overview of coronavirus, symptoms of COVID-19, and details about its transmission
• Review of five-step handwashing process
• Respiratory hygiene practices to reduce the spread of the virus
• Keeping guests safe through heightened cleaning and sanitizing
• Guidelines for single-use gloves
• Packaging considerations for takeout and/or curbside pickup
• Guest contact precautions during takeout
NRA is also making their "ServeSafe Food Handler" Certification course available free through April 30.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES, VISIT
WWW.HOSPITALITYTN.COM/COVID-19-UPDATE