COVID-19 Recovery Resources for Safe & Clean Operations
The long-awaited reopening of hotels to all visitors, beaches and area businesses took effect with many restrictions and conditions in place on Tuesday, May 26. If you haven't yet, please study all the latest Broward County Emergency Orders, and especially the list of attachments for specific industry sectors, for guidance on what is needed for you to successfully restart operations.
Despite the immense hardships caused by the shutdown of businesses and services, our industry is resilient. To be successful, we all must convey to our customers that our destination is a safe, clean and welcoming place to visit. This will be a key element of our recovery marketing messaging.
Join Us in Taking the Safe + Clean Pledge
In support of Broward County’s hospitality industry and business community, Visit Lauderdale launched the Safe + Clean pledge in collaboration with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA), the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. All hotels, attractions, restaurants, shops and other businesses and organizations are encouraged to Take the Safe + Clean Pledge.
Here are important resources for you to study and adapt into your revised operations plans.
The future of Greater Fort Lauderdale and our tourism industry is coming into focus, and we at Visit Lauderdale are focused on you. Watch below as we share our extensive recovery plan for the destination and how to be a part of it.
If you missed part one of Future in Focus, view here.
Participate in Destination Recovery Marketing Programs
LauderDeals: These special savings for visitors and residents on hotels, dining and things to do during the summer and beyond provides the call to action for this summer’s recovery marketing. Our paid, owned and earned marketing efforts will drive customers to the LauderDeals landing page, where they will find your free listing. Click on the links below for detailed information on each program and how to sign up for FREE!
We are also looking for stories of local heroes, helpers and innovators who are making a difference during the crisis. These stories of inspiring heroes and efforts will be highlighted on sunny.org and our social media platforms.
Broward County Cultural Division
For current grant recipients, the County is currently looking at options that may provide assistance by adjusting your current grant. For now, there are options for individual Artists and non-profit organizations to receive support as a result of the CARES Act.
For non-profit organizations, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through the Small Business Administration authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses (includes non-profits) to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The application is available starting Friday, April 3, 2020 for small business and sole proprietorships. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses.
Please reach out to your bank for more information and click HERE for a PPP Information Sheet put together by the US Treasury. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has also created a podcast regarding the CARES Act, which includes information on PPP. You can find the podcast linked, HERE.
REPORT THE STATUS OF YOUR cancelled, postponed and/or closed grant-funded events and facilities
Grantees receiving program/project grants who have had grant-funded events cancelled/postponed, click here.
Grantees receiving operating grants that have had to close their facilities, click here.
If you are a grantee that receives both operational and program/project support, please complete both surveys.
Hands For Hospitality: A GoFundMe page raising money to help servers and hourly hospitality workers who are missing shifts and paychecks. One hundred percent of money raised will go to the staff of participating restaurants.