COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing. The CDC and MSDH are working to detect, contain and limit the spread of cases in the U.S. and Mississippi should they occur. MSDH is actively planning with doctors and hospitals on how to respond safely and effectively to any case of COVID-19 in Mississippi.
What you need to know about COVID-19:
- It was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019.
- It is not currently widespread in the United States, and the risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is low.
- Currently, there are no travel advisories or restrictions for any location in the United States, including the State of Mississippi.
- It is important that we all know the facts to avoid misinformation and unnecessary panic.
Mississippi Tourism Association encourages all travelers, no matter their destination, to take the precautions suggested by health experts.
Healthy Travel Habits:
- Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
The latest information from health experts regarding COVID-19 can be found on these websites:
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Sign Up for CDC.gov Email Updates
- Mississippi State Department of Health
- U.S. Travel Association
- Power of Travel Coalition Action Alert – Tell Congress How Your Business Has Been Impacted
Coronavirus Hotline: The Mississippi State Department of Health is now operating a hotline for convenient answers to questions about COVID-19 by phone. Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday): 877-978-6453
Posters to display examples:
Governor Executive Order
Resources for Partners:
- Infection Prevention: Hospitality
- Infection Prevention: Restaurants
- Food & Beverage Industry
- American Hotel & Lodging Association
- National Restaurant Association
- Destinations International
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 firstname.lastname@example.org., for inclusion into the SBA declaration request. The deadline to submit this information is April 1st.
Provided by Leake County Chamber of Commerce
- Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Business
- Instructions for Completing the “Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Business”
- Businesses are urged to go to The Small Business Administration website to see what types of assistance may be available and that they may be eligible for.
- Mississippi Unemployment Claims & Filing
Ways to File Your COVID-19 Claims
Unemployment Insurance benefits claims can be filed online by clicking here, or by calling 888-844-3577. The call center hours are 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. seven days a week. The hours will most likely will be extended as the week progresses.
If you are experiencing difficulty filing your Unemployment Insurance claim, you may contact MDES at CV19@mdes.ms.gov or contact your local WIN Job Center for assistance. WIN Job Center lobbies are currently closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Contact a WIN Job Center by using the location and phone numbers included here.
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
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.|
Manager, Grassroots and PAC
U.S. Travel 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!