Information about COVID-19/ "Coronavirus"
A message from Dan Decker, President & CEO of the Texas Travel Alliance:
Members, partners, friends of Travel-
As we monitor the current COVID-19 or "Coronavirus" situation, our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this virus to date. We recognize that the ever-changing nature of this current virus is concerning and needs to be addressed in a common sense, informed, and calm manner.
There is no doubt that the media coverage, local/county/state official declarations, closures by education institutions and changes to private business functions as prevention efforts based on COVID-19 progression have had a significant impact to daily life, as well as to the local, state and national economy.
We are feeling the growing economic impact across the Travel Industry as the COVID-19 crisis has impacted destinations, meetings, conventions, and local businesses across the country with event cancellations and demand for air travel greatly reduced for both business and leisure travel.
Many of our members are feeling a sense of helplessness due to speculation about the level of spread or length of impact, both which remain in question at this time. In times like this many in our industry are left to wonder what if anything can we do to mitigate or control the crisis?
What is within our power is to monitor the situation, share accurate information, measure the impact, support each other, and prepare for the rebound as we recover from this current situation.
Monitoring the situation and measuring the financial impacts of this crisis will help to provide valuable information as the crisis subsides and for years to come. Supporting those within our industry with frequent updates and sharing accurate information or best practices is vital. Finally, and most importantly contingency planning and preparedness to bounce and rebound on the other side of this crisis is critical.
The Texas Travel Alliance is committed to providing our members with resources and opportunities to help manage those things within our control. We will be providing a regularly updated resource page on our website as a repository for information, updates from the CDC and Texas Health officials, best practices and recommendations for your business or destination. Free webinars related to COVID-19 - recordings and slides available below.
Through our communication channels we will provide complimentary tools such as financial guidance, recommendations and contingency planning by our financial business partner CFO By Design, Crisis Communications high-level planning through The Atkins Group, human resources guidelines from our people partner Employer Flexible and other resources by our Affiliate Partners as they become available.
Life’s Better in a State of Travel includes times of crisis. The resilience of our industry, especially in Texas, provides us the opportunity to unite and actively support each other during difficult times. We CARE for you, our members and want to do all that we can to provide the support you may need, as well as connect you with a community of travel friends here to collaborate, connect and support each other. I look forward to talking with you on Friday during our weekly webinars and having you visit our website frequently for resource updates.
President & CEO, Texas Travel Alliance
Executive Director, Texas Commercial Airports Association (TCAA)
Where we believe that Life’s Better in a State of Travel!
What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Health information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
How does COVID-19 spread? The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
How can I help protect myself?
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:
Health information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
CDC COVID-19 general information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
CDC Information for Travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
CDC Mitigation Strategies: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf
CDC Guidelines for Mass Gatherings & Meetings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Texas Health & Human Services: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
Office of the Texas Governor, Greg Abbott: (Updated: 03/26/20)
Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Mandating 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Arriving From New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-mandating-14-day-quarantine-for-travelers-arriving-from-new-york-tri-state-area-new-orleans
Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of Emergency Designation For Small Business Disaster Loans From U.S. Small Business Administration https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-approval-of-emergency-designation-for-small-business-disaster-loans-from-u.s-small-business-administration
Governor Abbott Requests Emergency Designation For Small Business Disaster Loans From U.S. Small Business Administration https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-requests-emergency-designation-for-small-business-disaster-loans-from-u.s-small-business-administration
Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster In Texas Due To COVID-19 https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-declares-state-of-disaster-in-texas-due-to-covid-19
U.S. Travel Association:
U.S. Travel Summary of the CARES Act and Impact to the Travel Industry: https://files.constantcontact.com/8e3ac9f4001/ac0ad695-3c3d-4a0e-9cf5-5524129f7628.pdf
Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit: https://www.ustravel.org/toolkit/emergency-preparedness-and-response-coronavirus-covid-19
The Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Due to Travel Losses (DATA): https://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/media_root/document/Coronavirus_2020_Impacts_WEB.pdf
Congressional/Media talking points from U.S. Travel: https://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/media_root/document/UST_CongressionalLetter_03.17.20_Final.pdf?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=3%2E17%2E20%20%2D%20COVID%20Weekly&utm_campaign=ust
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE): https://www.asaecenter.org/resources/roundup/issue-roundup-coronavirus
Meeting Professionals International (MPI): https://www.mpi.org/tools/coronavirus
Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA): https://www.pcma.org/coronavirus-business-events-professionals-need-to-know-faq/
Meetings Mean Business Coalition: https://www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com/coronavirus-resources
CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fguidance-business-response.html
OSHA COVID-19 Information: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
TxDOT has closed the lobbies of its 12 Travel Information Centers. They are kindly requesting a temporary hold on literature shipments and deliveries until further notice.
Information from the U.S. Small Business Administration about Economic Injury Disaster Loans can be found here.
INFORMATION FROM OUR PARTNERS AND AFFILIATES
Financial Guidance: https://www.cfobydesigntx.com/
Human Resources: www.employerflexible.com
COVID-19 Information, Resources, and Crisis Communications information:
COVID-19 Employment Information and Q&A with Employer Flexible
COVID-19 Financial Information and Q&A with CFO by design
COVID-19 INDUSTRY ECONOMIC IMPACT SHARING FORM
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