As we continue to get updated information relative to the COVID-19 virus, we will share it with you regularly. This is a rapidly evolving situation and it is important that business leaders get up to the date information so that they can make real-time decisions about their businesses and how to adapt to the new recommendations coming from the Department of Health experts. First and foremost, people should remain at home whenever possible to avoid contracting and spreading the disease. That means all businesses who have the means for their employees to work remotely need to encourage them to do so. Meetings should be switched to video and conference calls. Groups larger than 25 people are discouraged. Modern day technologies make these feasible options; however, if your business is having difficulty making this transition, please reach out to the Chamber and we will see if we can help connect you with the resources you need. We have many talented small businesses who may be able to assist you during this transition period.
You will see in the enclosed press release that the Governor is ordering all restaurants and bars to offer delivery and take-out only services. This will certainly have an adverse impact to the restaurant industry, but this is a necessary step to ensure the containment of this virus. We are asking that you support this industry when possible thru ordering take out and also gift certificates that can be used at a later date when we return to a state of normalcy. There will be more information about how you can do that forthcoming.
Additional information about the closing of some State Departments and the availability for small business to get assistance from the Small Business Administration were also announced.
We need to work together and be leaders in the community during this public health emergency. I urge all of your cooperation during these difficult times and look forward to getting through this together. For additional resources related to the Department of Health, the Commerce Corporation of Rhode Island, the Small Business Administration and the Department of Labor and Training, please check out our blog at NewportChamber.com.
Thank you for all that you do for the community.