July 7, 2020
Dear Chamber Investor,
It is our job at the Eau Claire Area Chamber to do all that we can to help businesses prosper and keep the economic environment healthy in our community. As we all work to restore business activity in light of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, the recent increase in cases threatens to short-circuit the recovery and send us backwards.
That’s why the Chamber is asking all businesses – as well as all community members – to follow the guidelines from the CDC, WEDC and local health officials regarding social distancing and the use of masks to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Doing so now can keep us all safer and can prevent the need for more stringent limitations on business activities in the future.
Following the implementation of the most recent order, local health care officials predicted coronavirus cases could increase as people returned to public activities. Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the past week. City and County leaders continue to monitor these increases and related hospitalization trends carefully.
We know that masks and social distancing work to slow the spread of the virus. The track record of other cities demonstrates that coronavirus spread can be mitigated – and businesses can remain open – where masks and social distancing have been widely accepted. We have every reason to expect a similar effort here would be successful, too.
To help make that happen, we’ll be undertaking a comprehensive campaign, “We ask that you wear a mask,” to support this recommendation and educate the public on its importance to their health and to our economy. Watch for full details in the coming days.
Watch our 30-second video:
Scott Biederman David W Minor
Chair of the Board President/CEO
P.S. If you haven’t done so already, you can publicly show you are “Committed to Safety” by taking the pledge available through the Chippewa Valley Economic Recovery Task Force. You’ll receive a decal you can display to assure your employees and the public that you are following safety guidelines. https://bit.ly/3dTnReL
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.