$45 million one-time funding will get hundreds of thousands of Californians back to work and hospitality businesses opened safely

This campaign, which would be launched when the California Department of Public Health declares it is appropriate to resume travel, would emphasize that it is safe to travel and how to travel safely. This current proposal is modeled after a previous action by the State of California following the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

“As the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, I am proud to be co-authoring this legislation with Senator McGuire,” said Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva. “I represent a district that hosts some of the prominent attractions that contribute significantly to our local and state economy, such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm and have seen the devastating domino effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our tourism industry. We need to establish a safe and responsible pathway to recovering one of the largest drivers of our state’s economy and more importantly, getting more than 600,000 Californians back to work.”

Senator McGuire and Assemblymember Quirk-Silva have worked closely with a coalition of tourism industry advocates on this important next step.