As the situation and mandates surrounding the COVID-19 is truly a “take this day-to-day” approach I hope you will not mind a bit of “over communication” to keep you informed of latest things affecting our business community.
First and foremost, I cannot express how overwhelming it has been to see the response of your community to rally behind the businesses under government forced closure or modification of business practices. We have updated our COVID-19 Resource page on our website to outline some of these community efforts and will continue to share on our Facebook page.
I have also heard from many of you emphasizing your business is up and running successfully under this "new normal" or regarding the ways your business may have already been affected. For example, cancelled events impact more than just the event organizer or non-profit as I mentioned to you last week. They impact the caterers, photographers, printers, florists, entertainment, valet companies, venues etc. Travel bans affect the airlines, sure, but also the travel agent, the hotel, the theme park, and also some people you may not think about like the pet boarding facilities. Churches are being asked not to congregate and therefore have to move to donations via other platforms. We have been in discussion with the City regarding their efforts to support our residents. They will hold an emergency City Commission meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Nora Mayo Hall which they are working on live streaming.
Every day is a balance between continuing to conduct business and being a part of the solution. With that in mind, we have made the decision to transition our Chamber team to a remote work environment for the time being. To reiterate, we are 100% open for business and have made all of the proper arrangements to continue to answer calls, emails, hold virtual meetings, carrier pigeon, whatever works best for you, our members. You can reach us at the main number (863-293-2138) or on our cell phones. We will be moving this community forward and continue to be a resource and advocate for you as WE ALL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER. We will close our building to visitors during this time. Many of our visitor center guests are among the vulnerable population and we have several staff members in the potenital high-risk categories and it makes the most sense for both the health of your Chamber team and to be an example of how we can still operate successfully while offering alternative but productive work environments for our employees.
Katie Worthington Decker
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