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Durham's Response to Coronavirus

Coming together as a community.

As we monitor the spread of COVID-19, we see a need to centralize official, educational information from the travel and tourism sector and share it with our partners in the hospitality industry.

We are acutely aware that the slightest decline in visitor and local spending has dire implications for business owners, attractions, hoteliers, event owners, and many others, and we seek to make every effort to support business owners, local partners, and supportive community members as we strive to persist and recover from this crisis. Here, we've curated resources for those working in the travel and tourism industry facing difficult decisions and impacted by efforts to arrest the spread of the virus. There are also suggestions for individuals looking to contribute in a time of need.

Official Resources

Discover Durham urges all visitors, residents and local business owners to follow the guidelines put forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Durham County Public Health Department. For business owners, DCoPH has many useful graphics and articles that are available for you to use and share with your audiences.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Please follow the most recent CDC directives and guidelines as they relate to the spread and containment of COVID-19.

Durham County Public Health Department
Find official updates, FAQs, guidelines for specific audiences, and more.

Meetings and Events

If you're a meeting planner or event owner looking to rebook your canceled or postponed event, please contact sales@discoverdurham.com for assistance.

Count on Me NC
Visit NC has put out a free certification for hospitality businesses to get training on best practices for maintaining a safe, clean environment for the public. Completion of the course results in receiving a printable Count On Me NC certificate and social media toolkit.

Meeting Professionals International
MPI has put together a repository of helpful educational links and safety tips for meetings.

World Health Organization
The WHO has published key recommendations for mass gatherings in the wake of COVID-19.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Please follow the CDC's interim guidance for mass gatherings or large community events.

funding assistance

U.S. Small Business Association Assistance Governor Roy Cooper has requested SBA Disaster Assistance. Learn More

USBG National Charity Foundation You do not need to be a member of the USBG to apply for the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Learn More

NC Rapid Recovery for Small Businesses Small business owners can apply for loans to bridge the gap between when crisis strikes and when federal loans and other relief funds are approved. Learn More

COVID-19 Capital Relief Duke's Center for Social Entrepreneurship launched a searchable database of over $14.5 billion in capital relief for for-profits and nonprofits. Learn More

Durham Small Business Recovery Fund Find out more about the City of Durham and Carolina Small Business Development Fund's grant and loan program. Learn More

hospitality industry resources

Guía de recursos para la industria hospitalaria También hay sugerencias para personas que quieren contribuir en este momento de necesidad. Learn More

NCRLA COVID-19 Resources NCRLA has curated relief for small business, advocacy efforts, best practices, guidance on new laws and more. Learn More

AHLA COVID Response Find webinars, talking points, statistics and relief updates from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Learn More

FAQs from the National Restaurant Association The link includes actionable information, other resources, and more on ServSafe training. Learn More

Facebook for Business Hub Resources for small business owners including a grants program, resilience toolkit, and quick action guide Learn More

Add Your Business to List of Those Impacted by COVID-19 Local Durham residents created a spreadsheet to support local businesses throughout closures. Learn More

James Beard Foundation's Survey for Independently Owned Restaurants & Bars JBF aims to leverage responses to provide information to legislators drafting emergency and longer-term legislation. Learn More

Survey for Business Owners in Durham The information will ideally help Discover Durham anticipate trends, better forecast implications, and research avenues of support. Learn More

local impact

Unemployment Resources Gov. Cooper's recent order eased unemployment benefit restrictions and qualifications. Learn More

NCWorks Career Center - Durham A letter from NCWorks includes a survey and helpful resources for employers in regard to arrangements for employment support. Learn More

Durham Business 360 The City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, in collaboration with members of its Small Business Advisory Committee, have compiled tools and resources for business owners. Learn More

Durham County Government Response Resources include DCo departmental updates, key announcements as well as updates from partners. Learn More

Help Durham Residents Affected by COVID-19 Durham County Public Heath Department has compiled a list of places to volunteer and where to direct food and monetary donations. Learn More

how individuals can support businesses in need

Support Durham Business While Social Distancing

Support Durham Business While Social Distancing

Our global, national, regional, and local community are reeling from the implications of the coronavirus — and though we all face vulnerabilities, those in our hospitality industry feel this impact severely.

We, like everyone else, are not exempt from this unprecedented occurrence. But this is Durham. Our community knows how to rally, support, and lift up one another in times of difficulty. If you're wondering how to help while investing in the health and well-being of Durham’s community, learn more here.

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Community Relief Efforts

Community Relief Efforts

Most of our small business owners, restaurateurs, hotel staff, and service employees rely on the business of both visitors and locals.

These initiatives organized by Durhamites and local business owners are meant to help support those in our industry most impacted by social distancing efforts.

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