The Mississippi Tourism Association is closely monitoring the rapidly-increasing situation associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
The health and safety of our state’s residents and visitors is Mississippi Tourism Association’s highest priority. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) a Global Health Emergency. We continue to monitor the situation along with our local, state and national partners to ensure we keep our guests and communities safe.

Resources for Partners:

Tourism Resources


Small Business Resources

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is gathering information on the economic loss to small businesses throughout the state as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Process is to collect information so that Mississippi may request an Economic Injury Declaration from the Small Business Administration to aid in the economic loss suffered as a result of the COVID-19 event. After business owners complete the worksheets included below, they can submit them directly to the MEMA State Coordinating Officer Todd DeMuth at, for inclusion into the SBA declaration request. The deadline to submit this information is April 1st.

Provided by Leake County Chamber of Commerce


Unemployment Resources


This list of Cancellations, Closures & Postponements will be constantly updated:

  • Casinos closed as of Monday, March 16 at midnight until further notice (Does not include casinos on tribal land.)
  • Coastal Mississippi Event Changes
  • Columbus, MS Spring Pilgrimage
  • Double Decker Arts Festival, Oxford – Postponed to August 14-15
  • Euro Auto Fest, Natchez
  • Festival of Music 30th Season – all events, Natchez
  • Grand Village of the Natchez Indians Powwow
  • Greenwood Gravel Grind – Postponed to September 26
  • Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade
  • Hattiesburg Zoo, Lake Terrace Convention Center, Saenger Theater, and the African American Military Museum – Temporarily Closed until at-least March 31st
  • Hattiesburg Cancellations
  • Historic Natchez Tableaux
  • Juke Joint Festival, Clarksdale, MS
  • Malco Theatres Temporarily Closing all Locations
  • Mississippi Children’s Museum – Temporarily Closed
  • Mississippi Main Street Event Cancellations
  • Natchez Spring Pilgrimage
  • Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival
  • Royal Evening at Longwood
  • Save the Hall Ball,  Natchez
  • Stanton Hall: Blues & Jaxx with Julep in Hand
  • Vicksburg Pilgrimage – March 20-22 Cancelled
  • Viking Half Marathon & 5K – Postponed Date – TBD


Legislative Alert


Summary of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)
Provided by U.S. Travel Association


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)
Provided by MEC


Negotiations of Phase III of the coronavirus relief package are happening right now in Congress, with a critical vote expected TODAY. We need your help to make sure immediate financial support is included for the travel and tourism industry.

We have updated our Action Alert to include very specific recommendations that will better help our industry in this time of need. If you’ve previously sent a letter to Congress through this alert, YOU MAY DO SO AGAIN! We need as many advocates as possible to engage at this critical moment.


Please take two minutes to submit this alert NOW and urge your industry colleagues and networks to do the same. Our industry is counting on it.


Ben Cowlishaw
Manager, Grassroots and PAC
U.S. Travel Association


Governor Executive Order



Immediate Action Needed: Urge Congress to Act Now for Hotel Relief – Please send a message to Congress to vote in favor of the relief efforts to support our hotels and team members who are impacted by this crisis. It is a simple form that you can click through in seconds. Please include your stories on the impact to you, your hotel and your team. There is a text field in the form where you can type. Please Act Now! Information provided by the American (AHLA) and MS Tourism Association.




Tell Your Senator to Fix the Coronavirus Relief Bill!
The House recently and overwhelmingly passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), which was supported by the President. Given the unique nature and magnitude of this crisis, as well as the expedited timeframe, there is extremely limited opportunity to make changes to the legislation and the Senate is expected to vote on it as soon as later today (Monday).
The House bill admirably provides federal support to allow employers to offer paid leave to employees suffering from coronavirus. However, the mechanism to do so – with small businesses paying for it, and having to wait for a substantial timeframe to be reimbursed from the government, in the form of payroll tax credits – creates substantial challenges for restaurants that are already struggling to maintain cash-flow.

Ask your Senator to: Fix the coronavirus relief bill and immediately pass additional measures aimed at providing critical relief to restaurants!

Click the link below to email your Senators Now!