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Big buffalo panel, a collection of petroglyphs (images etched into the rock) in Nine Mile Canyon.
The Big Buffalo panel of petroglyphs and pictographs in Nine Mile Canyon. Photo: Dean Krakel
COVID-19 Industry Update
Industry partners, 

We're sending you some news updates and our best wishes from the Utah Office of Tourism as we continue to organize our COVID-19 recovery. We know the journey is hard, but our industry is strong and resilient. We will work together toward better days. 

Best,
VV

Vicki Varela
Managing Director
Utah Office of Tourism
801-538-3395 | vvarela@utah.gov 

Economic Stimulus Package Signed

Congress has allocated $310 billion to the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), which can cover 2.5 times your average monthly payroll, and can also be used to cover mortgages, leases and utility expenses. The amount of that loan used for payroll may be forgiven, effectively making it a grant. These loans are made through a local lender, like a bank or credit union, or an online lender. If you have already submitted an application it will still be in the queue and considered for funding.

The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) has been funded with an additional $60 billion. The EIDL is a loan of up to $2 million, with up to $10,000 of that eligible for forgiveness (effectively making it a grant). This amount is intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills. These loans are made directly through the SBA. You can apply at www.sba.gov/disaster. If you have already submitted an application it will still be in the queue and considered for funding.

We encourage you to apply for funding as soon as possible. These programs are in high demand and funds may go quickly. 

For more information on SBA loans, contact UOT Destination Development Specialist Flint Timmins fdtimmins@utah.gov

You can find more business relief information as well as all the State’s COVID-19 resources at coronavirus.utah.gov

NPS withdraws CUA due to COVID
This week, the following notification was issued by the National Park Service's congressional liaison Elaine Hackett.

Notification of Agency Decision Regarding Proposal Applicable to Road-Based Commercial Tours

Because many of you have expressed interest in this matter, I am writing to inform you that the National Park Service (NPS) has withdrawn plans to implement a standard, nationwide commercial use authorization (CUA) requirement for road-based commercial tours and will not increase commercial tour entrance fees. This decision was made in part to reduce significant changes to commercial tour procedures once COVID-19 related modified operations cease. 

Parks that issue road-based commercial tour CUAs may continue to do so and will charge current CUA fees. Parks that have not historically issued road-based commercial tour CUAs may not begin issuing at this time.  As usual, road-based commercial tour operators need to check with each park individually for specific CUA requirements and fees as well as any park-specific operating requirements.
Additional Resources
Utah Leads Together: A Plan for a Health and Economic Recovery Version 2.0

State of Utah Resources for Business
Utah Office of Tourism COVID-19 Industry Toolkit
The state of Utah’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control Travel Health Notices and COVID 2019 Information for Travel 


If you’re worried about whether you may have COVID-19, please call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.
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