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CHAMBER URGES COMMUNITY TO PUT LOCAL FIRST TO PROTECT BUSINESS AND PEOPLE

CHAMBER URGES COMMUNITY TO PUT LOCAL FIRST TO PROTECT BUSINESS AND PEOPLE

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce urges the community to abide by the recommendations put forward by Alberta Health Services. Targeted health measures are now in place for Medicine Hat and surrounding areas.

"Everyone needs to work together to slow the rising number of active cases to prevent further targeted restrictive measures that hurt business," stated Tracy Noullett, Chamber President. "To keep our businesses open, we need people to listen to the experts. We need everyone to wash their hands frequently, limit touching their face, maintain a physical distance of two metres or greater, and when distancing isn't possible, wear a mask."

Targeted measures will be in place in affected communities starting today, November 13, until November 27. The information available on the provincial government's website recommends that all Albertans keep gatherings small, socialize safely, monitor symptoms, stay home if sick, and get tested.

"We're encouraging businesses to have up to date plans. Now is the time to revisit your hazard assessment and hazard controls and assess your PPE needs. It's also essential to have continuity plans and let your staff know what will happen if you or they get sick," commented Noullett. "This is also an ideal time to get your business online if you haven't already done so, to continue to sell your goods and services."

The ShopHERE program, a partnership between the Chamber, APEX, Community Futures Entre-Corp and the Invest Medicine Hat, launched earlier this year to help businesses shift to online retail. Tools and resources to help businesses and the community are available on the Chamber COVID-19 Information & Resources website page. Businesses that have questions on supports and funding can reach out to the Chamber.

"We've been focusing on Local First by encouraging the community to buy local. Another piece of Local First includes taking the necessary precautions and following public health orders so that businesses can remain open," stated incoming President Marcus Campbell. "We knew at the beginning of this crisis that it would take a collective effort to keep active case numbers low. No one wants to see the economy get shut down and have our businesses struggling. 

If we all do our part, we can protect both our business community and our people because we are, and always will be, stronger together."


Please direct all media inquiries to:
Tracy Noullett, President
c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.225



The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing businesses' interests in our region and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support, and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood to promote business, monitor government, and champion managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 800 businesses in our region. Aligning with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.

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