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NEAAPA Weekly News - March 3, 2021

March 3, 2021


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While we still can't meet in person, we can still get the business of the Association done. NEAAPA will hold its Annual Business Meeting virtually this year. There is no cost to attend and be part of this online event.


The agenda will be:

  • Call to Order
  • President’s Report from Eric Anderson
  • Secretary’s Report (minutes from the 2019 Annual Meeting)
  • Finance Committee Report from Cindy Brewer-Lavoie
  • Nominating Committee Report from Kevin Naughton
  • New President's Speech from Dave Oberlander
  • Membership Committee Report & Milestones from 2020 and 2021 from Tom Tessitore
  • Adjournment

Anyone wishing to participate must register in advance.


Massachusetts is back to Phase III, Step 2

Phase IV planned to start March 22

All communities in the Commonwealth are now back in Phase III, Step 2. Below are the updates that are included with this move:

  • Indoor performance venues such as concert halls, theaters, and other indoor performance spaces will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity with no more than 500 persons
  • Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact (laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, obstacle courses) will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity
  • Capacity limits across all sectors with capacity limits will be raised to 50% and exclude employees
  • Restaurants will no longer have a percent capacity limit and will be permitted to host musical performances; six-foot social distancing, limits of six people per table and 90 minute limits remain in place

Amusement and water parks, fairs, and festivals have been further categorized to Phase IV, Step 2. No date or guidance has been issued by the Baker-Polito Administration, but we continue to reach out to them regarding the 2021 season.


You can read more online at


Study Details Measurable, Hard-Hitting Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Attractions Industry

A study released by IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, details the massive scope of COVID-19’s impact on the U.S. attractions industry workforce – with an employment loss five times larger than the average loss across all other industries.


The report, compiled by Jim Futrell, IAAPA historian and market research professional,showcases an industry in dire need of support from elected officials and policymakers who play a key role in facilitating the safe reopening of attractions and can spearhead COVID-19 relief legislation.


“Just as amusement parks and arcades, historical sites, zoos and other attractions were ramping up seasonal hiring last year, the economy shut down,” said John Hallenbeck, vice president, North America, IAAPA. “That meant a sudden and immediate drop in employment. It’s imperative to the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of Americans that state and local governments continue to push for the safe reopening of attractions facilities as soon as possible.”


Read the full press release online at


View the Study Here


Do you have an idea for a Member Meeting Topic that you could lead? Contact Ed Hodgdon at


COVID-19 Relief Needed to Save the Attractions Industry


Congress returned to Capitol Hill this week, and the Senate will take up consideration of the President’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.


House Committees voted on provisions under their jurisdiction last week and the House Budget Committee is expected to put together committee all of the passed bills into a final bill later this week so that the House can vote on the bill next week when they return to DC. The goal is to vote on a bill into law by March 14, when unemployment benefits expire.


The increase in federal minimum wage is also a shaking up to be a huge battle in the evenly divided Senate. It is imperative that your elected officials hear from you as to what relief measures are needed for your businesses and how a $15 minimum wage increase tied to COVID relief legislation could impact your business operations.


IAAPA has provided a prewritten script of industry needs. You are able to edit the script to add your own personal touch.


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