Notice regarding Chamber events March 16- March 29
With the news of COVID-19, the coronavirus, changing moment by moment, it’s hard to keep up. Sporting events are cancelled. So are concerts, and many other large gatherings. College students across the country are coming home, with extended spring breaks and not knowing if they will return to face-to-face classes this semester. Spring break travel is being cancelled or delayed. The list goes on and on.
Here in Minnesota, with nine cases now presumptively positive in the state, life is changing, too. Meetings have been cancelled, businesses have ramped up cleaning procedures, and all of us are taking precautions where we can.
Here at the Northfield Chamber, we’re making some of those changes, too, but our mission remains the same: serving our local businesses and the community.
We can’t panic, but we can prepare. And we can begin taking some commonsense steps toward keeping the community, and our employees, safe.
All Chamber Meetings and Events are postponed/cancelled for the next 2 weeks (March 13- March 29) This includes:
- Northfield State of the City Address scheduled for March 16 is postponed until further notice.
- Next Tuesday’s Business After Hours at Northfield Golf Club is postponed until further notice.
- The Dundas State of the City Luncheon scheduled for March 18 is postponed until further notice.
- The Ambassador Committee Meeting on March 19 is cancelled.
- The Chamber Board of Directors Meeting on March 24 as well as Chamber Orientation on March 25 are both cancelled.
- As of today, our plan is to watch the situation closely and work with our city and school officials on whether we should postpone or cancel our Home and Garden Show on April 4. We will be making that decision closer to the event and we are working on a contingency plan should we have to cancel.
Local businesses can be of great help to us at times like this. Restaurants and other eateries offer hot, nourishing meals and many have take-out options. Bookstores are great sources for good reading to pass the time. Banks can assist with special loan funds. Stores selling food, medical supplies and other necessities are nearby and easily accessible.
I could go on, but know that helping to support local businesses, while always important, is crucial at a time like this. These same businesses, as one so eloquently put it, are the ones supporting our kids’ fundraisers, the ones where we gather with friends, where the workers know our names. We need them to be around not only next week or next month, but for years to come. Let’s support them, where we are able, to get them through this time.
If you want to support a local business, but maybe belong to an at-risk part of the population, you can purchase a gift certificate now to be used later. Steps like that will enable local businesses to keep paying their staffs – your friends and family members – and keep businesses viable in our community.
I’m sure we’ll be sharing more information in the days and weeks ahead. For now:
Support your neighbors.
And let’s all look forward to better times ahead.
Lisa Peterson | President
Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
19 Bridge Square, Northfield, MN 55057
507.645.5604 | 800.658.2548
The MN Chamber has a terrific webinar no available to help answer questions and offer best practices. https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/2711771013053631244
- – Daily updates on the number and nature of Coronavirus cases in Minnesota and best practices for citizens to remain safe and healthy.
- – Background on COVID-19 and best practices to stay healthy and deal with employee diagnosis.
- – Ongoing updates on the disease, how it is spread, where it exists and testing.
- – Detailed updates on risk factors, symptoms, treatment.
- – Specific to federal standards for preventing spread in workplaces.
- – Outlines how to work with and communicate to employees, make a business continuity plan before and after employees become sick.
- – Health and workplace details and suggestions for COVID-19 impacts on different types of businesses and employee activity.
- – Ongoing updates on travel advisories within the United States and abroad.
- – Resources for HR professionals (login required).