Posted Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Staff and board leaders of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce are continuing to monitor developments in the worldwide spread of COVID-19, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. We understand that public concern about COVID-19 will continue to cause people to be cautious about patronizing local businesses, keeping travel plans, and attending public gatherings.
The Chamber encourages everyone to understand the facts about COVID-19 in order to make rational decisions. To that end, we encourage you to regularly check the website of the Maine Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for the latest information on COVID-19 in Maine.
Here is a link to the page on the Maine CDC website on this topic. This page also has a link to the US CDC web page on COVID-19.
As business and community leaders, we encourage you to follow recommendations from the US CDC for your business or organization, which can be found here.
We also encourage you to communicate with your constituents and customers about actions you are taking to be proactive during this time, including signage, social media posting, and other avenues.
As an organization, the Chamber plans to continue our normal activities and events, while encouraging common sense hygiene for attendees such as hand washing, coughing and sneezing into sleeves, and staying home if you are not feeling well. We are proactively coordinating with venues for upcoming Chamber events to coordinate plans and ensure availability of items such as hand sanitizing and hand washing stations. If conditions change locally regarding an outbreak of COVID-19, we will evaluate the situation and communicate any changes to our plans.
In summary, we strongly encourage our members to keep up with the facts about COVID-19, which are best received via the links above. Unless guidance changes about the local impact of COVID-19, this is a time when we should make every effort to support each other by continuing to do business locally while practicing common sense hygiene. We will get through this together.