COVID-19 RESPONSE

Apple has developed a coronavirus screening tool in partnership with the CDC, the White House, and FEMA. Access it here.

COVID-19 peak projections state by state from Bar and Restaurant Expo

UPDATE: May 6th, 2020

PPP Safe Harbor Extended to May 14, 2020

Porte Brown Alert: 

A key aspect of the CARES Act relief package is the now-well-known Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). As many are aware, the PPP loan application requires, among other things, that applicants certify that the “current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.”

As we previously noted in our prior alerts on April 29 and May 4, the SBA specifically provided that any borrower that applied for a PPP loan prior to the issuance of FAQ 31 on April 23 will be deemed to have made the necessity certification in good faith if the loan is repaid in full by May 7, 2020. On May 5, the SBA issued new FAQ 43, extending the deadline for this safe harbor until May 14, 2020 (which will also be housed in a new interim final rule to be released). The FAQ also states that the SBA intends to provide additional guidance on how it will review the necessity certification prior to May 14, 2020. Accordingly, borrowers considering repaying the loan should strongly consider doing so by May 14, 2020.



The leadership at AAMA and AMOA want you, our members, to know we are in ongoing communication with our Washington-based lobbyist, Dentons compiling the latest information on programs the federal government will put in place to assist small businesses like yours. We have compiled a list of resources, stories, and programs in the following tabs.

We strongly urge you to make sure the information you’re consuming related to COVID-19 comes from reliable sources, which should include the Center for Disease Control, (CDC). Click here to find the latest information directly from the CDC on this outbreak, and the steps you can take to help limit the extent and duration of this pandemic.

As more information related to federal aid programs becomes available, we’ll be making it available to all our members. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


Join AAMA for our webinar series tackling the challenges our industry is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 am CST. They are open to the first 200 registrants and each webinar is free to members and non-members.

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays at 10:30 am CST

04/21 – A New SOP: Sanitization & Cleaning Protocols    WATCH IT HERE

04/28 – Financial Assistance & Loans    WATCH IT HERE

05/05 – Preparing to Re-Open   WATCH IT HERE  →  After registering, you will be prompted to put in a password.  ACCESS PASSWORD: @AAMA0505

05/12 – Reopening – Stage 1   VIDEO COMING SOON

05/19 – Leading Through Crisis    WATCH IT HERE →  After registering, you will be prompted to put in a password.  ACCESS PASSWORD: @AAMA05.19.2020

05/28 – Reopening – We’ve Begun!    REGISTER HERE


The leadership at AAMA and AMOA have drafted a letter for Dentons to deliver to the leadership on Capitol Hill.  We are urging Congress to provide relief to our industry in the form of opening lines of liquidity for small businesses to meet payroll until COVID-19 is no longer a threat.

Review the Letter Here

Our members participated in a webinar hosted by our Washington-based lobbyist, Dentons. “The Paycheck Protection Program, and You.” The conversation was led by Dentons Partners, Randy Nuckolls and Michael Zolandz along with Dentons Principle, John Russell, IV.

Follow this link for the powerpoint: https://bit.ly/2R24Pdl
For the audio: https://adobe.ly/2Jv6Met

Click here for Denton’s COVID-19 Resource Hub

The CDC regularly updates this page with guidance for Businesses and Employers on how to plan and prepare for COVID-19

>> Here are some great tips on how to effectively work from home

>> COVID-19 and the HR Questions it Poses from Porte Brown

>> Federal CARES Act presentation

>> Paycheck Protection Program information prepared by Dentons

Employee Retention Credit Under the CARES Act

The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses) that Eligible Employers pay their employees. This Employee Retention Credit applies to qualified wages paid after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. The maximum amount of qualified wages taken into account with respect to each employee for all calendar quarters is $10,000, so that the maximum credit for an Eligible Employer for qualified wages paid to any employee is $5,000.

>> For more information and eligibility requirements, go to IRS.gov

UPDATE: Senate Approves US$350 billion for Small Business Grants

The Senate has passed a bill that will provide up to US$350 billion in forgivable loans to small business concerns, non-profit and veterans organizations and self-employed individuals to cover their expenses during the COVID-19 crisis.

>> Read More on Dentons.com

What employers need to know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (United States)

On Wednesday afternoon, March 18, 2020, the Senate voted 90-8 to send the revised Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), H.R. 6201, to President Trump’s desk for approval. President Trump signed the bill into law late Wednesday evening. This bipartisan legislation dedicates billions of dollars for paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, free testing, and other provisions to aid Americans affected by COVID-19. Below are some highlights of the employment-related provisions of the bill that is set to take effect no later than April 2, 2020.

>> Read More on Dentons.com



Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP)

The SBA is offering a loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Click here for more information, how to apply, and a sample form if you wish to start your application.

Click here for the required document checklist for the PPP application

ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM

Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to apply.

Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster

The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

For more information, go to SBA.gov or watch SBA’s webinar

11 Social Media Changes to Make in a Coronavirus World from Jay Baer

Harden Your Zoom Settings to Protect Your Privacy and Avoid Trolls from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Video from Hownd on Best Practices: Cost Savings, Communications, and Taking Care of People during the COVID-19 pandemic

How Your Attraction Can Cope with COVID-19 from blooloop.

Engage Guests When the Gates Are Closed. IAAPA shows 5 ways to continue positive brand promotion during quarantine.

Six Flags Magic Mountain donated 800 pounds of excess food to a local charity while they are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Check out the full story here!

Webinar on Actionable Marketing Tips to Prepare for a Successful Comeback hosted by Party Center Software & Hownd

Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here are some tips to avoid scams.

The impact of virtual entertainment experiences during the lockdown on the post-pandemic entertainment landscape from Randy White

How to create a successful virtual event for your company from Jay Baer

Emergency preparedness guide to help your FEC overcome the unexpected

Developing Your Marketing Crisis Plan with Speaker Aleya Harris

FEC International Community Slack Channel Created to Foster Support Among Entertainment Center Owners and Operators

REGIONAL RESOURCES

→  Candid has organized funding resources by state and other regions

→  Dentons has prepared a COVID-19 US state tracker which is being updated regularly

→  Financial Assistance for Small Business from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

→  IAAPA has resources listed out by region. Check it out on their “Member Resources” page here