Helping Hands | April 29, 2020 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET
Helping Hands
A newsletter to help you make decisions
during and after the COVID-19 crisis
Resources for WFEA & ASSET Members
Golfing, Fishing, Hunting Make a Return
By David Gutman, Seattle Times

Washington will partially reopen outdoor recreation activities May 5, including many previously shuttered state parks, public lands and boat ramps as well as recreational hunting and fishing, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday.

State parks, public lands and public water-access points have been closed since late March, in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Recreational fishing seasons were closed a few days later when Inslee first issued his “stay-home” order to slow the virus.

State Unemployment Assistance for
Musicians, Filmmakers and Creatives
Unemployment benefits in Washington state are expanding under the federal CARES Act to cover independent contractors and self-employed individuals. Anyone who is receiving or will be receiving weekly unemployment benefits, either through regular State unemployment or through the expanded CARES Act will receive an additional $600 per week. These new benefits are also available for workers who did not work enough hours to qualify for traditional unemployment benefits (workers who worked less than 680 hours).

The City of Seattle encourages anyone who has lost work due to COVID-19 to apply including delivery drivers, rideshare drivers, and domestic workers who are house cleaners, nannies, cooks, home care workers, gardeners or household managers. You can apply to receive unemployment assistance from the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) at esd.wa.gov/unemployment. 

Unemployment Insurance for Gig Workers
On March 27, Congress passed the CARES Act, expanding unemployment benefits to gig workers. Whipsmart has shared this process for creative industry crew and employees:

An Ingenious Idea: Drive-in Air Shows
As North American air shows move more deeply into the second month of pandemic-required cancellations, virtual air shows are popping up as temporary replacements.
The first virtual air show of the pandemic era was the Chef Pitts Online Air Show, presented by AirShow 360, on Saturday, April 18. Held over the course of two and a half hours, the event was conceived by ICAS member and air show performer Clemens “Chef Pitts” Kuhlig who teamed up with L.M. Sawyer of AirShow 360 and air show announcer Bill Walsh. “I was reacting to a lack of air show footage on my Facebook feed,” says Kuhlig. “And it seemed like a good way to thank the fans and involve some of my air show friends.” Nearly 40 different performers were showcased during the fast-paced Saturday afternoon event.

Mixer Goes Virtual with Tips for Streaming
We missed you in March, so we're back this month for our first virtual Mixer! Join us on April 29, 5-7 pm from the comfort of your own screen - we'll cover how-to's and tips for taking your events online via live streaming, and you'll get to make new connections just like you do at IRL mixers.

Submit your questions in the registration form so we can plan to share the most important info with you.
Governor Planning the Safe Return to
Normal for Washington State Residents
The COVID-19 pandemic has required leaders around the world to take extraordinary measures to protect people and ensure medical providers have what they need to adequately care for those who become ill. Gov. Jay Inslee declared a State of Emergency on February 29 and rolled out a series of measures that ultimately led to the statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy order on March 23. The order prohibited all non-essential businesses and travel as well as all social, recreational and religious gatherings.

While the state continues its aggressive effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, Inslee has worked with elected officials, public health experts, employers and workers, philanthropic organizations and others about how to prepare communities and employers for a safe return to public life.

Suggested Business Restart Checklist
Many of you are thinking about the day that you’ll be able to open your business. Below is a check list of items to consider once that day arrives:

  • Assess and implement a safe workplace environment
  • Plan employee safe workplace protocol training
  • Ensure technology resilience and cybersecurity
  • Obtain finance assistance, recovery loans, and grants
  • Update your event disaster preparedness
  • Prepare to onboard and upskill new and returning employees quickly
Recommendations for Safely Returning Your
Employees Back to Work after Coronavirus
By Mark Fox, Flinn Ferguson

It looks like many of us will be leaving our remote home offices and returning back to the actual workplace in the near future. Companies are beginning to reach out to ask for guidance and recommended strategies on how to return their employees to a healthy and safe work environment. I wanted to share the following recommendations and strategies that I have gathered from colleagues in real estate, architecture, construction, and law over the last several weeks to assist you in navigating the path back.

New York Mayor Says Macy’s Fireworks
Show Will Be Held on the Fourth of July
Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed Wednesday that the city’s annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show “will go on” — despite suggesting a day earlier that the blowout in New York Harbor may not happen because of the coronavirus crisis.

Wynn Resorts Releases Health Safety Plan
Wynn Resorts has released a 23-page document outlining their new health and sanitation plan once the Las Vegas Strip re-opens.

Properties up and down the Las Vegas Strip are still dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of Nevada is still shut down and Governor Steve Sisolak has said he is relying on medical professionals to determine when it will re-open. A big question on many minds is: what will the Las Vegas Strip look like once that day comes?

Wynn Resorts is thinking ahead to when they will re-open and they have released an outline of their new Health and Sanitation Program.


Warning: Scammers Targeting Small
Business Owners Applying for Loans
The City of Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) is warning small businesses about scammers seeking to prey on the small business community that has already been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. OED has received numerous reports of scammers posing as either lenders or third-party providers offering to assist businesses with their federal Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications.

Industry Survey:
Effects of Coronovirus Pandemic on Events
In an effort to gauge the economic, social, and cultural impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on the WFEA and ASSET communities, we would like to hear from you. Please complete the industry survey below, letting us know how the Pandemic has impacted your event(s).
 
The more information we have, the better we’ll be able to help you and advise State, County and City officials so they can prioritize policies and services to best help you and the event industry recover.

This survey will only take you 3-5 minutes to complete.

If you organize multiple events, please complete this survey for each of your events if time permits, so each one is counted. If time is limited, please complete for your main/largest event. Thank you!!

King County Creative Handbook:
The Event Community's Complete Guide
It is a critical time to slow the spread of COVID-19, support our medical system, and save lives. It’s also a critical moment for the creative community as individuals, organizations, and businesses. And we’re all working to adapt and move forward in the new reality.

This handbook is being rapidly updated to bring together resources to take care of yourself and your family; to support the arts and culture community; and to prepare for recovery.

Follow University of Washington
“Chris Murray” COVID-19 Model
Referenced in a White House press briefing as the “Chris Murray Model,” IHME’s COVID-19 projections show demand for hospital services and peak numbers of COVID-19 deaths and cases. 

Washington State’s Whipsmart Resource List
Whipsmart, a new creative economy-focused nonprofit that gives creative professionals the tools they need to succeed, has assembled a resource list that provides a comprehensive list of resources for creatives that will be updated in real time by a dedicated staff member to ensure that the information is timely and relevant. 

This is our fourth issue of “Helping Hands,” a weekly newsletter designed to include articles that might help you with your decision making during COVID-19.

If you have story ideas, please let us know, as we’d like to share how you’re dealing with the crisis in future issues.
Helping Hands | April 29, 2020 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET