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Published on: Mar. 29, 2020
A Note from Chamber President Bill Hubbard Regarding COVID-19

Friends,

As a member of Savannah’s business community, we know COVID-19’s disruption to your business is both confusing and costly. Our hearts go out to you and to all who have been affected both directly and indirectly by this rapidly changing crisis.

Your Chamber knows you are facing questions about the immediate future, and we want you to know that we are still here to support you, your business and your staff. Our team is working diligently to continue serving our membership and partners, and we will continue communicating through our social media channels and our website during these uncertain times. Right now, we are reaching out to businesses so we can identify who is remaining open and share that information with the rest of the business community. Please click THIS LINK to fill out the form. We are also in close contact with local officials and are remaining engaged in conversations about policy options being considered relative to the current crisis.

The Chamber will continue our regular operations but within the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC announced last week that meetings of 50 or more should be postponed for the next eight weeks, and the president suggested in his press conference today that people limit gatherings to ten people or fewer. Therefore, we are postponing our upcoming council meetings, as well as all networking events scheduled through June 1.

For the foreseeable future, the situation will be fluid. Right now, the best thing that all of us can do is support each other, our friends and neighbors. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Support local businesses by shopping online, ordering takeout, buying gift cards to use later, leaving positive online reviews, etc.
  • Make a donation at our local American Red Cross
  • Make a donation to our local food bank
  • See assistance options at the United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Rapid Response portal
  • For an updated list of hospitality member business updates, click here.
  • For an updated list of non-hospitality member business updates, click here.
  • Visit our Resources Page for information on assistance for businesses and individuals.

Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power may be able to work with you on paying your bill during a downturn in business. There are additional resources available at the Office of the Governor, the U.S. Chamber, our local Tourism Leadership Councilthe CDCthe Georgia Department of Public Health and USA TODAY.

For right now, like the rest of the country, we are carefully monitoring the changing situation. We are strategizing for many potentialities. Although it’s likely there will be some rough times ahead, we have every confidence that the tourism sector and small business will recover, and we will eventually return to our pre-coronavirus traveler numbers. In the meantime, let’s remember that we’re all part of a larger business community and do our best to keep everyone informed.

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