May 13th COVID-19 Update
Reopening Escarosa Details All You Need to Know About State's Reopening
The Greater Pensacola Chamber is now releasing a one stop resource to answer questions amid the state's reopening. The guide compiles up-to-date information on COVID-19 rules, protocol and expectations.
From testing sites, childcare facility updates to guidelines for hotels to safely reopen, you'll find all the information here in "Reopening Escarosa" an online re-opening guide for Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.
See the full WEAR-TV story here.
Surveys Affirm Devastation, but ‘Hope on the Horizon’ for Florida’s Tourism Industry
An industry survey of more than 1,000 tourism-related businesses in Florida said 45 percent laid off staff over the first 15 days of April and 67 percent furloughed workers in March.
Over the span of the two surveys conducted by Destinations Florida, an industry marketing group, tourism-related businesses that have cut back staffing since the COVID-19 outbreak have laid off, on average, about 73 percent of their employees.
The April survey of 1,009 businesses, published last week, also found that mid-April hotel occupancy was at 13 percent statewide, down from 84 percent mid-April 2019. Read more here.