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News Release: CHAMBER OFFICE STAFF WORKING REMOTELY DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

News Release: CHAMBER OFFICE STAFF WORKING REMOTELY DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The decision to close the physical Medicine Hat & District Chamber office to public walk in traffic and transition staff to work remotely was taken on March 16, 2020, as a precautionary measure and to ensure the safety and well being of staff and the greater community. As part of this concern for public safety, and in consultation with hosting and presenting members, the decision has been made to postpone the following events:
 
Chambers Group Insurance Plan Lunch & Learn on March 18th
Business After 5 at Royal LePage Community Realty on March 19th
Raising the Bar Series: Session 3 on March 25th
Membership 101 on April 2nd
 
In just a short period of time COVID-19 has interrupted many of the every day activities that we all take for granted. However, the Chamber has a thorough business continuity and pandemic plan which allows for the chamber to operate and deliver on its mission of supporting the business community,” stated Tracy Noullett, Chamber of Commerce President. “We know that business owners are dealing with uncertainty and the unknown right now. With updates coming from various levels of government the flow of information can seem overwhelming, so we have created a reliable one-stop website page for our members and the community at large.”
 
The Chamber encourages everyone to follow the advice of medical professionals and consider the safety of those who are most vulnerable. Please ensure the following precautions are being undertaken:
 
  • Wash your hands frequently and for a duration of at least 20 seconds,
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow,
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well and encourage others to do the same, and
  • Practice social distancing, keeping a metre between yourself and other individuals.
 
Business owners can prepare for disruptions by having a continuity plan, which should include:
  • Processes to follow if an employee becomes ill,
  • Policies around travel,
  • Policies around sick leave,
  • How to mitigate risk so essential business functions can continue, and
  • Internal and external communication plans.
 
“The days ahead may be challenging for our business community and our region as a whole, but Hatters, Albertans, and Canadians, are known for their resiliency, kindness and compassion. While there may be times where we will all feel overwhelmed and uncertain, we always have the power over our own actions,’ continued Noullett. “Let’s ensure that we all look after each other in this situation and make choices that protect all of our community. The Chamber has confidence that our community will rise to the occasion and the generosity of spirit that exists here will emerge stronger than ever.”
 
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 the interests of businesses 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 for promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 800 businesses in our region and is aligned 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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