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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TAX DAY TO JULY 15

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced today that the deadline for filing tax returns will be postponed three months, to July 15 because of the coronavirus outbreak. This decision was in result of complaints over the administration’s previous plan, which gave people who owe the IRS an additional 90 days to pay, without penalties or interest, yet still require them to file returns by April 15. 

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GLOBAL WELLNESS INSTITUTE'S NEW RESOURCE - POSITIVELYWELL ADDRESSING COVID-19 IN A POSITIVE WAY

Check out the Global Wellness Institute's new online resource, PositivelyWell, which positively addresses COVID-19. This resource for example helps you find medical studies about how optimism impacts health in a new Wellness Evidence Modality. PositivelyWell will be expanding this wellness platform over the days and weeks ahead. The GWI will also be sharing important insights and information in upcoming issues of the Global Wellness Brief and the Global Wellness Summit's Trendium.

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Colorado Tourism Office Coronavirus (COVID-19) Talking Points

March 11, 2020

The Colorado Tourism Office has released the following recommended talking points and messaging regarding COVID-19 for media and visitors. Please contact Communications Manager Abby Leeper at abby.leeper@state.co.us with any questions.

Travel Recommendations

The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) understands travelers may be concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect them. Colorado currently has no cases and the risk of COVID-19 for Coloradans is low at this time.

The CTO and the U.S. Travel Association are committed to ensuring that travelers are provided with accurate, updated information about public health conditions in Colorado.

While the U.S. government has not suggested limiting domestic travel or imposing restrictions on international inbound travel beyond those already in place, this is a rapidly evolving situation.

  • At this time, authorities have not issued any guidance that is specific to travel and meetings in Colorado or the U.S.
  • The U.S. government has issued warnings for travel to Italy, Japan, South Korea and Iran in addition to China. For the latest travel alerts, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Health Risks to Travelers

The CTO is in contact with the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. With this evolving situation, we encourage the traveling public to follow any guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and these public health authorities.

When it comes to the American public, the CDC is consistent in its precaution to practice everyday preventative measures to help stop the spread of germs, as is typical in the current flu and respiratory disease season.

U.S. health officials are urging the same personal best practices that are standard for typical flu season:

  • Clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Getting a flu shot if you haven’t gotten one this year

With the situation evolving rapidly, we encourage the traveling public to follow any guidance offered by the CDC and local and state public health authorities. 

Impact on Colorado Travel Industry

With no travel restrictions to Colorado in place, domestic and most international travelers should not be discouraged from continuing to plan and take vacations in the state. 

Inbound tourism to Colorado from China represents 32,300 visitors — 2.8 percent of Colorado’s international visitors. By comparison, 20 percent come from Mexico, 19 percent from Canada and 7.5 percent from the UK.

At this time, U.S. airlines have canceled flights to/from mainland China until April 24, 2020. Data from China shows that potential inbound Chinese tourists are postponing, rather than canceling, their future travel plans. 61 percent of all travelers have rebooked travel, with most trips planned for May and June.

Travel industry leaders will continue to engage health and security authorities on any planned or anticipated coronavirus-related measures that would impact travel. 

Additional Travel Restriction Details from U.S. Travel Association

The travel restrictions that have been put in place on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are currently specific to China:

  • Any foreign national who has been in China in the last 14 days may not enter the U.S.
  • American citizens and permanent residents who have been in China in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States but will be redirected to one of 11 airports to undergo health screening. Depending on their health and travel history, they will have some level of restrictions on their movements for 14 days from the time they departed China.
  • Additionally, the U.S. State Department has advised U.S. citizens to “exercise increased caution” when considering travel TO South Korea or Japan; however, there are no additional protocols for travel FROM those countries.  

Resources

Center for Disease Control:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 Info: 
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

General questions about COVID-19:
Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more. 
CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus web page
CDC: Novel coronavirus information for travelers

The U.S. Travel Association
Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus (COVID-19)


WHY THE HOT SPRINGS MOVEMENT IS GAINING STEAM IN THE UNITED STATES

October 10, 2019
By Laura Powell, Skift

For centuries, many European and Asian cultures have viewed mineral-fed hot springs as a source of health, wellness, and healing. But according to the Global Wellness Institute, the sector is quite underdeveloped in North America, due to a lack of a historic bathing culture that is prevalent elsewhere. The times are changing, however, as more Americans are looking to nature for its power to calm and rejuvenate.

In the United States, hot springs have traditionally been seen in recreational terms rather than as a wellness endeavor, according to Vicky Nash, a tourism consultant who is dedicated to professionalizing the hot springs industry. Thanks to the efforts of Nash and a former U.S. senator, among others, hot springs are suddenly being reframed as wellness destinations across the country.

To read the full article: https://skift.com/2019/10/10/why-the-hot-springs-movement-is-gaining-steam-in-the-united-states/

Hot Springs and CBD Products a Natural Fit

September 20, 2019

By Hot Springs Connection

In 2016, Bryan Ward’s friend decided to expand his Colorado ranch by planting hemp and asked him for help. With a background in technology startups, Ward was intrigued and began learning everything he could about the uses of hemp. He soon discovered cannabidiol’s (CBD) successful use as a natural treatment for arthritis, insomnia, epileptic seizures, diabetes and other illnesses.

The following year, he established Sopris Health & Wellness in Carbondale, Colorado, and today the company sells full-spectrum CBD body care products, oil, gelcaps and salves for people as well as CBD treats and well-being tinctures for pets. Next up is a line of tinctures that combine hemp extract with other botanical extracts to target specific ailments with enhanced effectiveness. All Sopris products are hemp derived and can be sold and used in all 50 states.

“I realized hemp-extracted CBD supplements and oils were my opportunity to start a company dedicated to helping people increase well-being,” Ward says.

To read the full article: https://www.hotspringsconnection.com/2019/09/hot-springs-and-cbd-products-a-natural-fit

What’s New at Hot Springs Resorts in America

Posted: September 19, 2019

By Hot Springs Connection

There is a whole lot of new going on around North America’s hot springs industry. Check out this round-up of both practical and innovative solutions to make the hot springs experience enjoyable and memorable for guests in the United States and Canada.

To read full article: https://www.hotspringsconnection.com/2019/09/whats-new-at-hot-springs-in-america/

Californians with Century-Old Water Rights Face Restrictions

Farms and other Californians that have been shielded from water reductions because of century-old claims could face new restrictions, the State Water Resources Control Board said Friday.

It's another sign of the rising severity of California's drought, now in its fourth consecutive year. Surveyors on Wednesday found the Sierra Nevada snowpack containing just 5 percent of its normal water level, which makes its way into rivers and streams and provides 30 percent of the state's water.

To read the full article: https://www.agweb.com/article/californians-with-century-old-water-rights-face-restrictions--naa-associated-press/

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