COVID-19 Partner Toolkit
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Experience Columbus and Greater Columbus Sports Commission are committed to growing our travel economy, however, the health and well-being of our community, visitors and team are a priority. With the outbreak of coronavirus, or COVID-19, we are taking precautionary steps to flatten the COVID-19 curve by cancelling all travel and working from remote locations through April 17. This is being done as a preventative measure out of an abundance of caution, and the expectation is that daily operations, though altered, will not be interrupted.
Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission are committed to doing everything we can to help our partners respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we may not physically be in our offices, know that we are still hard at work to secure and maintain business for our community and are here to support our partners in any way we can through these periods of uncertainty.
Please see below regarding the partner resources and COVID-19 toolkit we have compiled. Our team will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with our state, city and county health officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and we will keep you informed of any additional changes as this rapidly changing public health situation continues. Know that we are still hard at work to secure and maintain business for our community and are here to support our partners in any way we can through these periods of uncertainty.
If you are looking for a job during this time, there are still some businesses that are still hiring and looking for reliable employees to help them get through the COVID-19 crisis. View them here.
Thank you for your support as we navigate this unprecedented public health crisis.
Resources for Community Businesses:
Is Columbus canceling events because of coronavirus?
The State of Ohio's Health Department has ordered that gatherings with more than 50 attendees are cancelled until further notice. Meetings and conventions are important to the Columbus community, and as travel continues to be encouraged, we are aware of the hesitation people may have in regards to Coronavirus. The health and safety of Columbus visitors and convention attendees is of the utmost importance to Experience Columbus, and we are closely monitoring the situation in conjunction with local, regional and national health organizations.
The situation is evolving rapidly and we are working hand-in-hand with Columbus Public Health to understand how to best assess and advise events on coronavirus safety moving forward. We are adhering to all the current recommendations provided by the WHO, CDC, city, county and state health officials as well as industry organizations such as U.S. Travel, Destinations International, ASAE and PCMA. We are also in constant contact with our partners at the Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association, Ohio Restaurant Association, John Glenn Columbus International Airport, Greater Columbus Convention Center and our more than 1,000 partner businesses within the community to communicate proper safety protocols are put in place to prevent the spread of illness.
What does it mean that Governor DeWine declared a State of Emergency?
By declaring a State of Emergency, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ensured that the state is able to receive federal funding to help combat coronavirus, and remove some of the bureaucratic red tape in order to allow faster treatment of those who test positive.
How can I keep myself, my colleagues and my customers safe?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Consider adding signage on proper hand-washing and additional hand-sanitizing stations to your facility.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue (then throwing the tissue away and washing your hands). Consider making tissues readily available and ensure ample waste baskets for proper disposal.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick. Reinforce that sick employees should stay home when sick. Check out the CDC’s interim guidance for businesses and consider putting together or reviewing a Continuity of Operations Plan to keep business moving forward in the wake of potential employee absences.