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5/28/20

Matt's Carnival Warehouse: 2020 York State Fair Cancelled due to Coronavirus Concerns
AAMA: Member Connect: An AAMA Webinar Series: Reopening - We've Begun

5/27/20

Semnox: Semnox Parafait to the Fore in Capacity Planning and Social Distancing

5/26/20

Vending Times: MVP Group introduces touchless hand sanitizer dispenser
IAAPA: Formulating Fear: Designing Halloween Around the Coronavirus
Amusement Recovery: Face Mask Role Play With FEC Guests

5/22/20

Embed: Consumer Revenge Spending - Are you ready for it?
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: For the first time in 74 years, the Minnesota State Fair will not take place
Vending Times: Face mask vending machines expand worldwide, including US
Vending Times: How specialty coffee businesses adapt to a 'new normal'
Vending Times: Coronavirus could eliminate self-service beverage bars
WCVB: Slow start to reopening for retail stores due to curbside pickup restrictions

5/21/20

Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Reopening Plans Start Firming Up at Select Theme Parks Across the Country
Amusement Today: Jersey Shore arcade owner Todd Demott holds COVID-19 community food drive

5/20/20

Vending Times: Alabama CS operator weathers COVID-19 focusing on safety, secures PPP loan
Vending Times: Looking to reopen an amusement center? The first steps are the hardest
IAAPA: Should COVID-19 Cancel Halloween? Nope!
Replay: IAAPA Launching Virtual Expo: Asia
WIS News: SC governor allowing tourist attractions to reopen Friday, May 22
Embed: BEWARE: Reemerging Consumers Are Incoming!

5/19/20

Amusement Advantage: Return To Fun - Guest Perceptions By the Numbers
Miami Herald: Could you wear a mask on a roller coaster? SeaWorld tests theory on fastest ride, photos show
CenterEdge: Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Smart Marketing

5/18/20

Club Industry: [Webinar] How To Manage Cash Flow, Navigate Government Regulations And Mitigate The Risk Of Bankruptcy During And After COVID-19
Vending Times: Now's the time to plan your family entertainment center reopening
Daily Freeman: County fair planners in Ulster and Dutchess hold out hope
Replay Magazine: Bob’s Space Racers Makes Hands-Free Sanitizer Station
Click Orlando: Here’s what Fun Spot, Gatorland, Icon Park want to do to keep you safe
Vending Times: Now's the time to plan your family entertainment center reopening

5/17/20

Club Industry: How To Preserve Your Health Club’s Cash Flow Or What’s Left Of It In The Age Of COVID-19

5/15/20

Matt's Carnival Warehouse: SoCal Rides Grows from a Carnival Family, but it's Sophomore Year is on Hold Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

5/13/20

Amusement Today: Theme park Toverland reopens its doors
Amusement Today: Six Flags introduces new guest reservation system to ensure proper social distancing
Redemption Plus: Webinar: Bringing Your Center Back to Life: Action Plan for Reopening
Club Industry: Responses To Your Questions About Allaying Member Fears With Cleaning Protocols 
Vending Times: NAMA offers form email to guide state officials on reopening economies
Vending Times: How self-service equipment helps define the 'new normal' against COVID-19
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Central Florida Fair Succeeds by Going Back to Two Week Format

5/12/20

Amusement Resource Connection: AAMA Member Connect Webinar Series: Reopening – Stage 1
OABA: COVID-19 ALERT House Releases Text Of Phase 4 Bill - H.R. 6800 The Heroes Act
Club Industry: Cleaning Protocols As You Reopen: Don’t Miss Part Two Of Club Industry’s Town Hall On This Topic
Vending Times: Building security service to provide touchless technology, including kiosks and vending machines
13News: Holiday World guests will be able to wait in virtual lines

5/11/20

Matt's Carnival Warehouse: The Impact of Insurance on the Carnival & Amusement Park Industry During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Club Industry: As Health Clubs Reopen, Club Industry Is Preparing A Safe Education And Networking Event For You In October

5/8/20

Matt's Carnival Warehouse: California Mid-Winter Fair: CEO Gives Thanks for Pre-Pandemic Opening Date

5/6/20

Matt's Carnival Warehouse: COVID-19 Conversations: OABA Issues Ready to Open Talking Points for Carnivals and Fairs

5/4/20

Berkshire Bank: PPP Webinar For Small Businesses
Creative Works: Your FEC’s Next Steps: Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach
IAAPA: Top Actions FECs Should Take Before Reopening
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Indiana Paves Path for Fairs & Festivals to Open by July 4

5/3/20

Blooloop: Embed announces launch of Mobile Wallet, a new virtual game card

5/1/20

Vending Connection: Kuario Is Helping Vending Owners Bring Their Machines Into The 21st Century
CDC: Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities
IAAPA: The Art of Engagement
Redemption Plus: Webinar: Real ways FECs can generate revenue right now
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Food Vendors & Carnival Operators find Creative Solutions during Tough Times

4/30/20

Amusement Recovery: How to be the Leader your FEC Needs Today
Vending Times: Partec converts facility to make face guards for hospitals
OABA: COVID-19 Update: A Deeper Dive – More Proposals Emerge For A Phase 4 COVID-19 Package
CenterEdge: Rethinking Your Facility Management Approach: Capacity Management

4/29/20


4/27/20

Embed: Insight: Family Entertainment 2.0 Getting to the other side
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Orange County Fair & California State Fair Announce Cancellations
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Instead of Canceling 2020, Texas Events Reschedule for November
Club Industry: The Three Stages Of COVID-19 For Health Clubs
OABA: COVID-19 Update: A Deeper Dive – The Paycheck Protection Program, Round II
Vending Times: Small businesses prepare for second chance at SBA loans
IAAPA: Planning Ahead for Supply Chain Interruptions

4/24/20

Amusement Resource Connection: Embed Announces It’s COVID-19 Relief Act

4/23/20

Amusement Resource Connection: What will “The New Normal” Look Like?
Vending Times: Florida convenience services operator embraces touchless solutions
Club Industry: This Message Is Only For You, The Fitness Operator Feeling Alone And Adrift During The COVID-19 Pandemic
IAAPA: Do-It-Yourself: Manufacturers on Producing Emergency Supplies
Amusement Today: May 2020 Issue Available

4/21/20

TimesUnion: New York continues State Fair planning amid pandemic
OABA: Interim Emergency COVID-19 Funding Measure Passes In The Senate

4/20/20

Embed: Planning Your Customer Win-Back Strategy After COVID-19
Embed: Replay Magazine "Coin-op: United We Stand Against COVID-19" Initiative
Club Industry: Building A Successful Digital Fitness Platform For The Coronavirus Era And Beyond
Vending Times: The demand for hand sanitation stations has arrived

4/19/20

Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Carnivals, Fairs, Festivals, and Amusement Parks - Are we last to open and why?
Club Industry: Health Clubs Are Slated To Be In The First Wave Of Businesses To Reopen Under Phase One Of COVID-19 Guidelines

4/17/20

Club Industry: Life Fitness Employees Make Masks For Healthcare Facilities, Team Members
Club Industry: Some Health Clubs In Northern Utah Get The Green Light To Reopen
Embed: 4 Powerful Tools For Working Remotely
Vending Times: Andamiro USA to reopen facility in May
IAAPA: Hiring on The Fly After COVID-19

4/16/20

4/15/20

Fox 43: Hersheypark plans early June opening 'given the information currently available'
Embed: COVID-19 Industry Updates Video Series
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: San Diego County Fair Postponed until 2021
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Major Stars, Major Ride Premiers & Agriculture Secretary Visit Highlights Florida Strawberry Festival
Vending Connection: Nayax Predicts 30% Growth in Vending Profits Post-COVID
OABA: COVID-19 Update: Deeper Dive Protecting The 2020 Election Cycle

4/14/20

Kissel Entertainment: Kissel Entertainment's Response to COVID-19
Mirage News: Ara welcomes NSW government rent relief package
WalletHub: States with the Most Affected Small Businesses due to Coronavirus
Fundera: Workshop, April 17 @ 2 PM EST: Small business loans and credit 101
Vending MarketWatch: Betson Launches The AMS Touchless Medical Powered By Vagabond
North Wales Live: How to visit Legoland and Alton Towers from the comfort of your own home

4/13/20

Boston Business Journal: SBA rations disaster relief loans to $15,000 per applicant, U.S. Chamber says
44 Business Capital: Operation Paycheck Protection Program Update
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Modern Midways Runs Year-Round; Show in Holding Pattern due to Pandemic
Embed: 8 Ways To Cut Costs Without Cutting Staff
Fresh Books Blog: How Small Business Owners Can Prepare for a Recession
Club Industry: Webinar, April 15th: How Club Owners Are Adapting During Crisis and Preparing for Their Re-opening
Club Industry: Overflow Hospital For Potential COVID-19 Patients Set Up At Newtown Athletic Club
Club Industry: IHRSA Adds Lobbyists To Increase Fitness Industry Power In Congress During COVID-19 Crisis
IAAPA: How Asia-Pacific Attractions Have Adapted to COVID-19
Vending Times: NAMA to hold coronavirus ‘town hall’ April 14
Vending Times: Should you expand into food delivery?
Vending Times: How to protect your family entertainment center and customers from COVID-19
Vending Times: New York amusement operators get update on federal business loans​
Replay: Intercard's Response to COVID-19
Replay Magazine: Face Mask Vending Machines Hit the Streets in Poland

4/10/20 

Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Wows Attendees With Dickies Arena Debut
Embed: Negotiating Rent Relief During The Covid-19 Crisis
Vending Times: Southeastern Vending Association cancels August conference
OABA: COVID-19 Update: Deeper Dive Pandemic Frontline Workers Heroes Fund Proposed
News Channel ABC 20: Despite governor's warning, state and county fairs to go on as planned
Small Business Ahead: Small Business Owner Guide: COVID-19 Resources and Relief Options

4/9/2020

Skerbeck Family Carnival: Coast Guard Festival a go — for now
Berkshire Bank: Top 10 Scam Prevention Tips

4/8/20

Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Rides 4-U stays upbeat during Coronavirus Pandemic
Valo Motion: CHI PLAY academic study on Super Stomp
Vending Times: CARES Act will provide more loans, unemployment and tax benefits
Vending Times: China’s VMF 2020 vending show postponed a second time
Intercard: Intercard installs cashless technology at Vancouver family fun center
Embed: Chris Reed, Global LinkedIn Expert, Black Marketing
Embed: Cost Cutting Strategies During Economic Crises
IAAPA: Temperature Screening: This Season’s Newest Attraction?
OABA: COVID-19 Update Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief Package Debated
LAI Games: 8 Simple Steps to a Positive Outlook

4/7/20

Club Industry: Some Studio Owners Find Revenue in Equipment Rentals during COVID-19 Shutdown
Club Industry: A Call for Your Stories about Generating Revenue during the COVID-19 Shutdown
Embed: The Importance of having perspective
ABC Channel 20: Illinois State Fair to go on as scheduled​
IAAPA: Containing the Coronavirus in Staff Housing
The OCR: What is the post-coronavirus future for theme parks?
TKCreative: Life IS a Roller Coaster – Ride It Out

4/6/20

Vending Times: Champion Vending leases warehouse, distribution facility on Long Island
Vending Times: Amusement industry loses Patricia Rolle Bennett
Vending Times: 5 considerations for vending and amusement operators’ COVID-19 recovery plans
Kiosk Marketplace: Industrial products distributor Wurth Industry to carry Markforged 3D printers
Embed: The Time to Plan Your Reopening is Now.
McKinsey & Company: How China’s consumer companies managed through the COVID-19 crisis: A virtual roundtable
IAAPA: 5 Insights for Working From Home Like a Pro
Club Industry: How to Write Empathetic Membership Billing Letters During the Coronavirus Pandemic
OABA: COVID-19 Update: A Deeper Dive Navigating The Paycheck Protection Program
Redemption Plus: 5 Considerations for Your COVID-19 Recovery Plan

4/4/20

Matt's Carnival Warehouse: CARES Act provides help to businesses - Here's how to see if it
works for you

4/3/20

Embed: 15 Ideas to Engage your Stay-Home Guests During the Lock Down
Fortune: What to do when your bills are due: A guide to coronavirus finances
Club Industry: LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness Face Lawsuits Related to COVID-19 Shutdowns
Seacoast: Making the best of it: Exeter Bowling Lanes to get facelift during shutdown
U.S. Department of the Treasury: Assistance for Small Businesses
Vending Times: Businesses can apply for SBA loans starting today
Vending Times: European Vending & Coffee Service Association calls for emergency aid for members

4/2/20

NEAAPA: COVID-19 Resource Page
IAAPA: Response to COVID-19 Webinar
Vending Times: Confused about SBA loans to survive COVID-19? Experts offer guidance
Vending Times: Parlevel Systems offers 12 tips on operating during challenging times
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Funtastic Traveling Shows Focuses on Safety First Fun
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Powers & Thomas Stays on Steady Course of Growth; Show adds New Equipment for 2020 season
LAI Games: 5 SIMPLE TIPS ON STAYING SANE
24 Hour Fitness: COVID-19: Update for our members
IATP: SBA Loans - What You Need to Know
44 Business Capital: SBA: Relief Program Efforts
ATM Marketplace: In the field, ATM operators should carry DHS guidelines
Amusement Resource Connection: Bay Tek Entertainment supplies plastic for face shields amid COVID-19 face mask shortage
Amusement Today: A free Special COVID-19 Edition of Amusement Today is available now!
Club Industry: How to Proactively Manage Your Fitness Business During a Mandated COVID-19 Shutdown
Blooloop: How companies within the attractions industry are addressing COVID-19

4/1/20

Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Funtastic Traveling Shows Focuses on Safety First Fun
AmusementAdvantage: Align Your Guest Experience with Shifting Expectations
Vending Times: Conagra reports dip in Q3 net sales, boost in Q4 demand due to COVID-19
Amusement Today: NEAAPA member meetings every Monday at 11 AM to discuss industry challenges related to COVID-19
BPAA: BPAA Member Update Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Downloadable Resources
Amusement Today: Icon-ic theme park experience from the comfort of your own home

3/31/20

AAMA: COVID-19 Resource page
Vending Times: NAMA webinar to explain stimulus legislation’s impact on industry
NAMA: NAMA to host webinar about the CARES Act, April 2, 2020
IAAPA: FECs & COVID-19: Be Prepared and Don't Panic
Vending Times: NAMA webinar to explain stimulus legislation’s impact on industry
Amusement Today: Polin: Stay hopeful! Stay strong! Stay positive! Stay connected!

3/30/20

AMOA: COVID-19 Resource and updates
Vending Times: Stay in the game: Working together, the amusement industry will survive COVID-19
Vending Times: NAMA provides letter to certify employees are providing ‘essential’ services during COVID-19 ‘shut-down’ orders
Fast Casual: Foodservice distributors praise passage of CARES Act, say more is needed
NEAAPA: COVID19 Federal Legislation Letter
Center for Women and Enterprise: Funding & Resources for Small Business During COVID-19 Crisis
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Powers & Thomas Stays on Steady Course of Growth; Show adds New Equipment for 2020 season
IAAPA: Advice for FEC Owners and Operators During COVID-19

3/27/20

Amusement Today: Contact your US Representative today to protect the health of the attractions industry
Embed: Be A Game Changer During The Covid-19 Crisis
Orlando Sentinel: Orlando Science Center, Ripley’s reveal more at-home activities during coronavirus shutdowns
Lowenstein Sandler: Emergency Relief Legislation for Businesses and Individuals: CARES Act-Loan Programs
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) Addresses Federal Relief for Fairs and Festivals
OABA: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Heads To President Trump’s Desk

3/26/20

IAAPA: The Fun Goes On - Attractions Go Virtual, Bringing Digital Entertainment to Families Worldwide
Carnival Warehouse: COVID-19 and the Future of Our Events - A Pandemic Planning Guide
Tourist Attractions and Parks: Industry Perspectives Leaders: You Are Doing the Right Things
Vending Times: ATM industry looks to federal lifeline amid COVID-19
Fast Casual: Webinar to offer guidance on controlling COVID-19 in food facilities
OABA: NPTC Update - How Fleets Are Coping with the Coronavirus
Amusement Today: Appalachian Festival at Coney Island
Tourist Attractions and Parks: A Message from the magazine President and Executive Editor
Vending Times: When it comes to COVID-19 it's essential to know who’s essential
Digital Signage Today: $2 trillion federal stimulus package includes help for convenience services

3/25/20

QSR Web: Yelp findings show consumer interests in pandemic-stricken US
MobilePaymentsToday: PayRange introduces instant cash access to mobile pay settlements for vending, laundry operators
Minority Media Inc.: Response to COVID-19
IAAPA: 'Virtual queuing' in Shanghai keeps park visitors safe
Vending Times: ​Insurance overview: How to protect your business from coronavirus
CNYCentral: Fair director discusses future of the New York State Fair amid coronavirus pandemic
Herald Banner: Hunt County Fair canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
Community Impact Newspaper: Students, businesses feel the loss of Montgomery County Fair
NAMA: A Message From the CEO: NAMA is Here for You

3/24/20

Boston Business Journal: SBA loans leave financing gap for COVID-battered businesses
Kiosk Marketplace: National Restaurant Show canceled due to COVID-19 safety concerns
44 Business Capital, a division of Berkshire Bank: Small Business Relief Program Efforts
The Telegraph: Fair planners hope COVID-19 concerns will ‘go away quickly’​
Amusement Today: Stay in the Game: Overcoming COVID-19 in the American Amusement Industry
Fox 6 Now: ‘We’re calling on the community:’ Tommy Thompson Center at State Fair set up as PPE donation site
Vending Times: NRA show canceled due to COVID-19 safety concerns
CBS Chicago: Coronavirus Worries Prompt Cancellation Of Sweets & Snacks Expo At McCormick Place
LAI Games: LAI Games Temporarily Closing Dallas Office
ATM Marketplace: Following COVID-19: How the virus is affecting the ATM industry
Miami Herald: A 250-bed hospital going up on Miami-Dade’s Youth Fair grounds to help COVID-19 strain
OABA: Statement from the OABA President
IAAPA: Tips for Closing and Reopening Procedures for Parks Affected by COVID-19

3/23/20

Vending Times: NAMA cancels 2020 show in Nashville
Vending Times: Convenience services operators, suppliers sharpen safety focus
Vending Times: Foodservice distributors estimate losses of $24B in 3 months
Vending Times: Performance Food Group withdraws 2020 outlook due to coronavirus pandemic
Amusement Today: A message from the Showboat Branson Belle
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: IAFE Supports Members during Coronavirus Pandemic
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Waterloo Tent and Tarp Announces Temporary Closing
Amusement Today: Waterloo Tent and Tarp Announces Temporary Closing
Fast Casual: Following COVID-19: How the virus is affecting the fast casual industry
IAAPA: How to Engage Guests When the Gates Are Closed
Embed: Surviving the Great Indoors

3/20/20

State of Florida Disaster Loan: Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Internal Revenue Service: Coronavirus Tax Relief
Vending Times: Following COVID-19: How the virus is affecting the ATM industry
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: The Coronavirus Shutdown: Texas & Florida Fairs Could Be the Last Until Memorial Day
IAAPA: Amusement parks to resume some operations in coronavirus-hit Japan
Fox 8 Cleveland: Cedar Point hopes to reopen Castaway Bay, amusement park in mid-May
Danville San Ramon: Contra Costa County Fair canceled due to coronavirus
IAAPA: Clear Communication and Preparedness: Q&A with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Kenneth Maguire
Salem Reporter: Temporary hospital to be installed on state fairgrounds in Salem, governor says

3/19/20

Firestone Financial: Our COO's Response During a Crisis
Vending Times: Following COVID-19 How coronavirus pandemic is impacting convenience services
Vending Times: Some COVID-19 aid for foodservice now a reality, more coming
Vending Times: Amusement associations to update members on COVID-19 assistance
Vending Times: European Vending Association advises consumers vending machines are safe to use

3/18/20

Center Edge: How Your FEC Can Navigate Times of Uncertainty
NICA: COVID-19 Announcements from NICA and partners
Shaffer Distributing Company: COVID-19: Important Update
OABA: COVID-19 Update: Urgent Call to Action Required
Bob Cooney: Coronavirus – What Should You Do Now?
Vending Times: Amusement associations to update members on COVID-19 assistance​
CBS News: These fitness studios are live-streaming workout classes for free during the coronavirus outbreak

3/17/20

Gibtown Showmen's Club: "Hit the road Bar b Que" Postponed
AMOA and AAMA: The COVID-19 Crisis: AMOA and AAMA Seeks to Obtain Information to Assist Its Members
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: Statement from Wade Shows to the Industry Regarding COVID-19​
Vending Times: Amusement industry players adjust operations in response to coronavirus​

3/16/20

Replay Magazine: Industry Responds to Virus 
Matt's Carnival Warehouse: COVID-19 News & Resources
IAAPA: Member Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)​
Firestone Financial: Firestone Financial to Offer Assistance to Customers Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

3/15/20

Small Business Trends: 4 Tips to Manage Sales During the Coronavirus Outbreak

3/13/20

Betson Enterprises: Response to COVID-19
Vending Times: Coronavirus disruption begins for convenience services
OABA: Message From 2020 Chair, Debbie Powers

3/11/20

IAAPA: Creating COVID-19 Resources for Staff
Small Business Administration: SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic

3/9/20

Vending Times: The coronavirus is here; what is your contingency plan?

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