Events are evolving day by day and sometimes minute by minute. Use this page to receive the latest information on IAEE Advocacy Actions in dealing with the United States Federal government regarding the impact of COVID-19.
IAEE has been at the forefront, working to defend and protect our member businesses, their work forces, the ecosystem of our supply chain, as well as the entire exhibitions and events industry. Acting in conjunction with our numerous advocacy coalition partnerships, IAEE is a consistent and steady voice for B2B exhibitions and events. Working the phones during near-daily calls and virtual meetings ensuring that your concerns are part of the conversation when it comes to all the stimulus packages working its way through Congress.
UPDATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
IAEE signed on to a letter on April 27, 2020 to request financial assistance needed for public entertainment and event industry recovery. – read the pdf here.
UPDATE: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Update on the CARES Act: The Senate passed legislation that will add approximately $484 billion to stimulus funding available under the CARES Act, including $310 billion in additional funds for the Payroll Protection Program and $75 billion for hospitals and health care providers. While the outcome is not certain, the House plans to vote on the measure this Thursday.
Opening Up American Again: President Trump recently unveiled a three-phase approach with criteria to help state and local officials when “reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.” The approach includes broad guidelines related to large venues, business travel and face-to-face interaction. Northstar reports:
- In phase one, Americans should avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people. Non-essential travel should be minimized and work from home policies should resume where possible. Large venues can operate, but under “strict physical distancing protocols.”
- In phase two, Americans may gather in groups of up to 50 people and non-essential travel can resume, for both individuals and employers. As long as “moderate physical distancing” is enforced, large venues are able to operate.
- In phase three, Americans must only “consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments” and employers should “resume unrestricted staffing of worksites.”
A handful of governors have already announced plans to ease physical distancing, even with the phases and with the CDC director warning today that a second wave of coronavirus could to be more devastating than the current one. As of now, experts agree that despite the actions taken by elected officials now, Americans will likely approach travel slowly and cautiously when physical distancing lifts.
Trump Calls on CEOs: More than 200 executives, including leaders across the meetings and travel industry, are being tapped by the White House to shape the nation’s long-term economic reboot. Roger Dow is among the experts participating in the White House’s recovery task force and said, “This task force presents the perfect opportunity to continue our productive conversations with senior government officials and ensure all segments of our industry have their voices heard. We will all have a seat at the table.”
UPDATE: 2:00 PM CT, Monday, March 30, 2020
FEMA releases COVID-19 Advisory: Whole-Of-Government Response to COVID-19 Pandemic – read the pdf here.
UPDATE: 2:00 PM ET, Friday, March 27, 2020
Today the United State House of Representatives, passed by voice vote, the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package known as the CARES Act (H.R. 748). This act was passed by the Senate earlier in the week and now goes to President Trump for his signature and final enactment.
Resources and Reference Documents
National Safety Council: Return-To-Work Guidelines for Public Operations
U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Global Dashboard on COVID-19 Government Policies
The CARES Act: A Guide to the Resources for Nonprofit Organizations – by Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC
How the CARES Act Affects Retirement Plans, Loans, Nonprofits and More – information provided by Barnes & Thornburg, LLP