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Statement on restarting California’s tourism economy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 9, 2020) — Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta today issued the following statement on new state public health guidance allowing hotels and other facilities to serve leisure travelers in California:

“Visit California and California’s tourism industry welcomes new state public health guidance that will allow hotels to serve leisure travelers in parts of California that are ready to welcome them. This is a significant action that will allow Californians and other visitors who are comfortable traveling to do so safely and responsibly. It also will allow the tourism industry to launch its economic comeback and begin to restore jobs for hundreds of thousands of tourism and hospitality workers whose lives and livelihoods have been severely affected by the coronavirus.

“The state orders allow county public health officials to determine whether to open hotels, RV parks, campgrounds, zoos, family entertainment centers, museums, galleries and allow winery tastings, dine-in restaurant meals and a variety of other activities on or after June 12 – provided health benchmarks have been met and social distancing and sanitizing protocols have been adopted.

“Visit California urges counties and tourism businesses to move forward with caution and travelers to respect California communities that have chosen to welcome them by embracing safe and responsible travel practices. These actions will ensure travel resumes safely, building confidence for others who decide to travel later.”