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COVID-19 Partner Toolkit

Destination Toledo’s primary focus as this unprecedented health crisis unfolds is the safety and well-being of our community, our visitors, our partners and their employees. We have been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the local travel and tourism industry and are doing our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve by having our team work at remote locations as advised by our government. Please be assured that our daily operations will remain intact and you can contact our team members by email during normal business hours.

In an effort to support and assist our partners during the COVID-19 pandemic, Destination Toledo has created the following resource directory to keep you informed of small business assistance, travel industry updates and the rapidly changing public health updates. 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 all updates through this resource portal. Be assured that we will continue to work hard to secure and maintain business for our community and are here to support our partners in any way we can through this period of uncertainty.

Thank you for your support as our entire community navigates through this health crisis together.

Resources for Partner Businesses

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Small Business Disaster Assistance

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Liquor BuyBack Program

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Unemployment Resources

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Ohio Hotel & Lodging Industry Updates

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TRCC Resource Guide

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Lucas County Health Department

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Jobs Ohio


Additional Information & Resources

Sunday, March 22, 2020 -

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, announced on Sunday, March 22 that Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order.

Read the full order here: Director's Stay At Home Order

The order requires Ohioans to stay at home with the exception of the following:

- for health and safety
- for necessary supplies and services
- for outdoor activities, such as walking or visiting a park (playground visitation is prohibited)
- to report for essential work as discussed below
- to take care of others

The second part of the order lists the essential businesses that are permitted to stay open. The following document was released yesterday and is likely to have been used in developing Ohio's list of essential workers - CISA Guidance On Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

Carryout from restaurants will still be permitted. 

Each of the businesses permitted to stay open must follow guidelines for protecting their employees and others, and the order specifies what those required actions must be.

Orders can be enforced by local health departments and law enforcement. The order begins 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23 until April 6. 





Businesses and workers can now access all of these resources related to COVID-19 in one place at

The portal includes information on unemployment benefits, the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Liquor Buyback Program, modified rules for trucking to help ship critical supplies into the state, the delay of BWC Premiums, etc.

Full news release here: Ohio Issues "Stay at Home" Order


Friday, March 20, 2020 -

Destinations International issued a message urging individuals and businesses to contact your members of Congress to express your support for the coronavirus stimulus package.

U.S. Travel Association and the Power of Travel Coalition has made it easy by setting up the following simple form below that you can personalize and send in just a few steps. Please take this action and remember to include:
How has COVID-19 affected YOU, YOUR BUSINESS/ORGANIZATION and YOUR COMMUNITY? Please share your stories here; use numbers/data if applicable, otherwise share anecdotal information.
Please enter something like the probable loss of jobs in your organization and the total numbers of jobs that the industry supports in your area that are at stake. Then, and this is very important, underscore how important it is that the coronavirus stimulus package covers non-profit travel organizations and well as for-profit businesses. This ensures that destination organizations will be covered by the bill’s provisions.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 -
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Issued a letter outlining interim guidance for employers as it pertains to COVID-19. 
Governor Mike DeWine sent the following directives to all businesses who still have employees reporting to work: 
- Business who are still open should take the temperatures of every employee.
- If employees are ill, send them home immediately
- Be vigilant in your cleaning processes
- Abide by the regulations below - no gatherings of 10 or more and ensure people can maintain the 6-foot social distancing rule 

State, National & Travel Industry Resources