The Brookings CVB continues to monitor the current coronavirus situation and stays in constant contact with our city leadership in Brookings, Governor Kristi Noem, Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen and the South Dakota Dept. of Health.

Several restrictions are already in place to keep residents and visitors safe in Brookings. These restrictions greatly impact our venues, attractions, retailers, restaurants, and hoteliers. Many events have been postponed, canceled, or already rescheduled at a later date. Please contact the venues directly, as well as individual business establishments to check in about open hours and services available. 

MAJOR ATTRACTION UPDATES:

U.S Small Business Administration | Information on Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Additionally, the US Travel Association is providing a COVID-19 Toolkit for all travel and tourism industry partners. It includes a guide for communicating healthy travel practices, talking points for use with the media, and more.

Attention Industry Partners :

The CARES Act, the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history, is expected to pass tomorrow that will include major provisions U.S. Travel fought for to deliver economic support to travel businesses, travel workers and their families.

Details about the CARES Act, including eligibility guidelines and how to access assistance, will be available shortly. Check back with the US Travel Association for updates. 

While legislative details may change, as it stands, highlights of the CARES Act include:

  • $377 billion in loans and loan forgiveness for small travel businesses.
  • $454 billion in federally backed financial assistance for impacted businesses.
  • Tax relief to mitigate losses and allow businesses to use cash to pay employees and keep the lights on.
  • Grants for impacted tourism businesses and airports.

Helpful Information and Resources

If you have any questions please contact us and follow @VisitBrookings on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. We'll share as much as we know and continue to make adjustments as needed.