WEEK OF July 27, 2020


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Wisconsin residents traveling to Chicago must quarantine for 14 days starting July 31; commuters exempt
Fox 6
Chicago added Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska and North Dakota to the list of states where people who are traveling to the city must quarantine for two weeks as Illinois learned that its own residents must do the same when they travel to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.
As Other States Mandate Masks, Wisconsin's Path Remains Unclear
Wisconsin, like other states, has been figuring out this summer that the coronavirus isn't going away. But compared to other states, where governors have unilaterally issued face mask mandates, Wisconsin's path forward is more complicated.
DWD Releases Information on Unemployment Data 
Wisconsin  Department of Workforce Development
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released information related to the total number of unemployment calls received, applications filed, claims processed, and monies distributed in Wisconsin as of the week ending July 25, 2020.
WEDC reviews more than 30,500 applications for We're All In grants for small businesses
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has reviewed all of the more than 30,500 applications it received last month from small businesses seeking  We're All In  Small Business Grants, WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes announced today.
Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point hope tourism ads will help reduce losses from COVID-19
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune 
Tourism leaders hope additional marketing will help bring more than 17,000 visitors and millions of dollars to the Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point areas, making up for a drop in guests and their money during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Milwaukee officials prepare updated health order; COVID-19 precautions in place for early voting
Fox 6
The Milwaukee Health Department is preparing to issue an updated public health order later this week. Health officials on Tuesday, July 28 - during a virtual COVID-19 briefing - offered a glimpse at some of the revisions to come.
Stateline Area parks and trails seeing tourism boom this summer
Beloit Daily News
With social distancing in mind, many families in the Stateline Area have been rediscovering activities outdoors at local parks and hiking trails.
July 29, 2020 - A National Day of Action to Save Hotel Jobs
Senate Republicans have unveiled the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act, which includes several hotel industry priorities for coronavirus relief. As Congress continues to debate the HEALS Act, AHLA is advocating to help hotels keep their doors open and bring back our valued employees.
Survey: Only 37 Percent of Hotels Have Brought Back at Least Half of Their Employees
As Congress debates a new round of COVID-19 recovery legislation, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows that the pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on the hotel industry and its employees. 
US Travel Urges Passage of STEP Act to Support Tourism Industry
Travel Pulse
A group of U.S. Senators led by Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) has  introduced bipartisan legislation to provide economic support for organizations involved in promoting and hosting tourism, travel and other special events to ensure a safe recovery.
AAHOA and Procter & Gamble Professional Launch New Training in Hotel Sanitization and Cleanliness
AAHOA, the nation's largest hotel owners association, in partnership with P&G Professional, is pleased to announce the launch of a free new training in hotel sanitization and cleanliness.
How Should Your Business Handle Anti-Mask Guests? A 5-Step Action Plan
Fisher Phillips
As an increasing number of businesses begin to require face coverings in their facilities - whether as a result of a local legal mandate or in the interest of public safety - there has been a corresponding increase in the number of well-publicized reports of customers and guests reacting in a belligerent, hostile, or even violent manner after being asked to comply with mask rules. 
U.S. hotel profitability picks up further in June, full-service properties break even at 50% occupancy
STR 's latest  monthly P&L data  release shows U.S. hotel gross operating profit per available room down 105.4% in June.  
Virtual Town Hall Speaker Series
Tourism Secretary-Designee Sara Meaney joined WH&LA on July 23 for a Virtual Town Hall to report on tourism trends, Department of Tourism programs, and more. On July 29, Maggie Gau, Chief of Staff for Governor Tony Evers participated in the Virtual Town Hall to discuss issues impacting the lodging industry. 
In case you missed it: Membership Renewal Information
Due to strain put on our industry, we are understanding of the possible need to extend payment terms. In the event that you are unable to pay at the requested due date on your membership invoice, please do not hesitate to contact the WH&LA office to set alternate arrangements.
Reminder: Call for WH&LA Stars of the Industry Nominations
It's time to submit your choices for the best of the Wisconsin lodging industry in 2020 including Innkeeper of the Year, Corporate Champion of the Year, Associate of the Year, and the Spirit of Hospitality Awards.