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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates for Industry Partners

As our industry and community navigates this challenging time, Visit San Antonio is committed to offering up-to-date information and resources. We understand that you are facing unprecedented challenges and may personally be impacted in this time of crisis. The following includes links to ongoing COVID-19 updates, resources for you and your employees and details about an innovative effort to support our local restaurants.

Also, please note we have launched a convenient, new online chat feature on our website for visitors to keep the conversations going. It is staffed by the Visit San Antonio Official Visitor Information Center travel counselors to ensure guests receive expert information.

Information & Resources

We know the escalation of this public health emergency has forced many to make difficult decisions pertaining to operations and staff. Below are resources related to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s low-interest federal disaster loans, links for local employers who are currently hiring temporary workers and the Texas Workforce Commission as a resource for job seekers.

Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance

Texas Workforce Commission

Companies currently hiring in San Antonio:

CARES Act Relief Resources

 

The $2 trillion CARES Act to help impacted businesses and workers, the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history, will provide major support for the impacted hospitality industry. For example, the legislation includes actions for tax relief, aid to displaced workers and loans for affected small businesses. U.S. Travel noted late this week that the Act includes "major provisions … fought for to deliver economic support to travel businesses, travel workers and their families." Visit San Antonio and U.S. Travel are keeping a close eye on the legislation’s details, eligibility guidelines and how to access assistance. U.S. Travel has produced a helpful guide and resources for our industry – click here for more information.

Community Relief Funds/Fundraisers

As San Antonio usually does, we are rallying as a community to help others as much as possible. Several small businesses and non-profits have come together to form emergency funds that can be accessed by restaurants, cultural institutions and other non-profits – please see below for links and ways to help.  

The Corona Arts Relief Program

San Antonio Restaurant Community Emergency Fund

San Antonio Zoo Emergency Fund

The Witte Museum Emergency Fund

Blue Star Contemporary Emergency Fund

Dine Out, at Home

Visit San Antonio has launched an effort to help local restaurants in this time of need. Check out the new Eat Local page to find local member restaurants who are offering take-out and curbside pick-up. Also, Culinaria has launched a version of their popular Restaurant Week for the current times, San Antonio Restaurant Weeks To Go.

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