For Our SoIN Tourism Partners

Updated April 6, 2020

Many of you have heard of coronavirus in the news. What does it mean for us?  

SoIN Tourism is actively monitoring the news regarding COVID-19. We are aware of the challenges it presents, especially the health and well being of the public. We are following recommendations from the national Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indiana Indiana State Department of Health. We urge our partners to do the same. 

We have reached out to the Floyd County and Clark County officials, offering to serve as a liaison to our tourism industry contacts and we are working with Louisville Tourism officials to coordinate efforts should we need to respond. 

Please see below for messages about the coronavirus. You’ll find best practices for business along with a form to report event or meeting cancellations due to the virus. 

National Updates & CARES Act

On March 30, President Trump extends social distancing guidelines through the end of April. 

On March 27, Congress and the administration have passed the CARES Act to help businesses and workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Below are a few highlights of what the relief package entails. Click here to view the U.S. Travel Association's entire CARES Act summary. 

•    $377 billion in loans and loan forgiveness for small travel businesses
•    $454 billion in federally backed financial assistance for impacted businesses
•    Tax relief to mitigate losses and spur recovery
•    Grants for impacted tourism businesses and airports

State of Indiana Updates

Gov. Holcomb issues "Stay-At-Home" order.

On Friday, April 3, Gov Holcomb issued an extension of the executive "Stay-At-Home" order from April 3 to April 20, 2020. Also, Indiana's public health emergency declaration will be extended by 30 days, taking Indiana to May 3. 

On Monday, March 23, Gov. Holcomb issued an executive "Stay-At-Home" order from March 24 to April 6, 2020. This is for all non-essential businesses or activities. Click here to see the executive order. 

On Friday, March 6, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear both declared statewide public health emergencies. A state of emergency is a common step in cases such as these to help the state further prepare state agencies, communities and the health care system in the event COVID-19 spreads more broadly. It is not a reason to panic, but it is a reason to prepare.  

Local Updates

Click on the following links for more information about COVID-19 updates in the following cities: Charlestown, Clarksville, Jeffersonville, and New Albany

Resources for Businesses and Individuals Affected by COVID-19

  • Small Business Financial Assistance from the state
    • Indiana small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak are eligible for financial assistance under a disaster designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Under the program, small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits across the state are eligible to apply for low-interest loans up to $2 million to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue.
    • To Apply
  • 211 - Food, household bills, childcare 
    • Assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare or other essential services: Call 211 or Click Here.
  • Employment assistance
  • Indiana resource guide by county
    • If you or your employees need help finding assistance, please see this document listing available resources. This "mini-directory" will help those in our area navigate the available resources during this unprecedented time. This was developed thru CareSource, a nonprofit that provides public health care programs. Please click here to download the information.
  • Additional resources for partners

More Resources for Tourism Businesses 

Click the links below for more information on the following topics: 

CDC's Cleaning Recommendations for Businesses & Employers 

Indiana State Department of Health's coronavirus website

The most up-to-date information can be found on the CDC's COVID-19 website.

Ways you can help

Submit A Virtual Event or Share A Positive Experience

It's time to come together, stay connected, and SoIN will come back even stronger! Keep the creative juices flowing and submit any virtual events happening in the southern Indiana area or contact us with any local positive experiences that may be happening around town. Let us know so we can share with the community and promote it to the masses. 

Open Dialogue 

If you do have a cancellation, we at SoIN Tourism encourage you to talk with the parties and continue to develop the relationship. 

You’re going to come out of this, and you want to keep a dialogue going with your contacts. Focus on maintaining a positive impression. Keep the relationships going so when the situation rebounds, you can pick up where you left off.