A letter to Chamber membership regarding COVID-19

Forest City Chamber Members,

The Forest City Chamber board of Directors, membership meeting committee along with Norma Hertzer and Megan Duncan have been working behind the scenes planning for the upcoming Member meeting scheduled for March 18th.  With the recent COVID-19 virus outbreak, we are reminded that the health and well-being of our community is our utmost concern. As of today, the CDC does not recommend gatherings of more than 50 people. Because of this, we have decided to postpone the Chamber Member Meeting. A future date will be selected and start planning a fun membership gathering toward the Summer. 

In the meantime, the Chamber staff will be available to assist you in the weeks ahead. If you need ideas or expertise, or maybe to bring your business online, call our office. For all of us, there has never been a better time to support local businesses.  

Our office will, hold (virtual) meetings, and discuss ways our community can continue to plan and prepare for the quickly evolving challenges due to COVID-19.  

We do not anticipate closing the Chamber office to the public. We are taking precautionary measures in response to COVID-19. Our plan follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Iowa State Public Health Department. We are keeping our workplace safe for staff and the public by 

  1. Practicing good hygiene – no handshakes, regularly washing hands, disinfecting surfaces such as door knobs, desks and countertops. 
  2. Safe Meetings – use of video conferencing and telephone conferencing. Postponing larger meetings. 
  3. Staying home – our staff will stay home if they feel sick or unwell or have a family member who is sick. 

Find recommendations and resources from the Iowa Department of Public Health https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus  and Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Norma Hertzer
Executive Director