FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Edward J Kane
Park Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Starting Thursday March 19th the chamber will be working remotely. The City of Park Falls will be closing the City Hall and the Library until April. The chamber website and Facebook page will be maintained with the latest information. Please remember that many businesses have online presence and can still take orders.
We look forward to seeing the spring and summer events and will continue our planning for Flambeau Rama, the Flambeau 40, Quadtoberfest, Turkey Trot and maybe even more.
As of now we have not cancelled the Easter Baskets, we are asking businesses to hold them until we get a bit closer to make a decision.
The last few days have been unprecedented for people here and around the country. Things are being done on all levels in our country to help flatten the curve of this growing pandemic. We here at the Park Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will be helping in this endeavor by following the Department of Health Services public health emergency measures:
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recommends that all non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people be cancelled or postponed statewide to help protect Wisconsinites from the spread of COVID-19, particularly those who are most vulnerable to infection and severe disease. DHS supports the decisions of any event organizers that elect to cancel or postpone events with less than 250 attendees in order to protect their communities. Organizers should consider the following:
- Potential for attendance from older adults, individuals with underlying health care conditions, or other vulnerable groups
Potential for attendance from individuals from a wide range of geographic areas across Wisconsin, the United States, or other countries
The setting of the event, particularly if it involves sustained interaction between attendees in close physical proximity
By implementing limitations on mass gatherings DHS is intending to slow the spread of this epidemic to a level such that the healthcare system is able to maintain quality care for patients. Mass gatherings during an outbreak of a particularly infectious disease such as COVID-19 have the potential to result in large numbers of ill people that can quickly overwhelm local hospitals and clinics.
Our organization will uphold this declaration by cancelling or postponing our events in the remaining days of March as well as possibly the month of April to help our health care workers stay ahead of this worldwide pandemic.
At this time, summer events will proceed as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as required.
The Northwoods is a special place and we have great things to offer residents and visitors alike. Our businesses rely heavily on the tourism industry. The effect that this may have could be difficult for many all across our area. As we receive information on assistance opportunities we will make it available.
As we see more quarantine messaging, please keep in mind that our business owners still need your support. Some ideas to help them during this time include purchasing gift cards now and using them later, purchasing items for future pick up, and keeping your memberships current as most places rely on your dues to operate. If you know a business owner, ask them how you can help them during this time.
As this pandemic unfolds, we will be sure to keep everyone informed as we receive information and how it could impact our Northwoods communities.
Edward J Kane, Executive Director