COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. This new or “novel” coronavirus had not previously been detected before the outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Safety is the top priority for the World Waterpark Association and its member facilities. The WWA has been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak to aid members in staying informed on this issue. As this pandemic has spread on a global scale, we've all seen firsthand the impact to our individual way of life, as well as to the travel and tourism industry. If you need to speak to a WWA staff member, please call the WWA main line at +1-913-599-0300. Staff are working remotely, but we are available via email or phone to provide you with assistance as needed.
To hear more from WWA's leadership about COVID-19, read Board of Directors' chair Damien Latham's latest column from the April issue of World Waterpark Magazine.
As this situation is fluid and changing on a daily basis, WWA encourages all members to educate themselves about COVID-19 and how to stay safe from its effects using the resources here. What follows are a collection of resources that we feel are accurate and trustworthy. Many of these linked sites are being updated on a daily basis, which should help you find the latest information.
WWA COVID-19 Webinars:
"What You Should Be Doing NOW With Marketing & Communications" featuring Winter Prosapio with The Atkins Group
"COVID-19: What You Need To Know" featuring Jill White, with Starfish Aquatics Institute, Lake White, with Starfish Aquatics Institute and Dr. Seth Collings Hawkins
Both webinars are now available to current WWA member facilities in the Webinar Archives to listen to and share with your team members.
World Health Organization (WHO):
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control:
Visit this webpage to find resources, links and information on COVID-19 for countries located within Europe.
Review interim guidance for environmental cleaning in non-healthcare facilities.
John Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard:
To review an interactive world map of current COVID-19 cases, click here.
Resources for U.S. Businesses:
To review a collection of informative blogs and legal summaries on the three Federal financial stimulus for business plans, click here.
Government Assistance Provisions in Recent Federal COVID-19 Legislation
Review a chart that compares the salient aspects of both the SBA 7(a) loan program and the disaster assistance program.
U.S. Travel Association:
Listen to a recording of the U.S. Travel Association's webinar on the CARES Act. To review the slides from the webinar, click here. Additional information about the CARES Act can be found at the following:
The Council of State Governments:
U.S. County Government Resources:
U.S. Small Business Administration:
U.S. Small Business Development Center:
To find a variety of useful links for business operators, click here.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
National Federation of Independent Businesses:
To find links to a number of resources available to small businesses owners, click here.
To review OSHA's Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, click here.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA):
Visit their website to find a variety of useful information and links, including a summary of what the U.S. government is doing, telework guidance and much more. Download CISA's Risk Management For Coronavirus (COVID-19) one-page summary document here.
Review CISA's Guidance On Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers document here.
RESOURCES FOR Non-U.S. BUSINESSES:
Chinese Center For Disease Control and Prevention
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Other Links and Resources:
Find no-cost public access to important ASTM standards used in the production and testing of personal protective equipment.
Review a list of products approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to use as disinfectants against COVID-19.
To review advice and information provided to travelers by the airlines industry, visit the IATA page on Aviation and Communicable Diseases.
Download media talking points provided by U.S. Travel Association.
Review Oxford Economic's impact study, "The Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Due To Travel Losses."