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    Click here for a list of restaurant businesses that are offering delivery, curbside service, or pick-up service. 

    Click here for a list of other businesses that are open and offering services. 

    Below are resources regarding COVID-19 that we encourage you to utilize: 

    Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Page

    CDC Guidance for Business and Employers

    Douglas County Public Health Services Page 

    Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Downtown Development Team Report for Small Businesses

    Current Update:

    (3/24/2020)

    The Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce continues to monitor the quickly changing situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. We are dedicated to advocating on behalf of our membership, staying up to date as the situation progresses, and providing our community with timely and reliable information as we receive it. 

    As of this afternoon, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has issued a “Safer at Home” order for Wisconsin residents, effective 8:00 am Wednesday, March 25, 2020 to remain in effect through Friday, April 24, 2020.  Click here to view the Emergency Order #12, Safer at Home Order. This order prohibits all nonessential travel and business, with a number of exceptions as determined by the Governor and the WEDC.   

    All businesses deemed “essential” are allowed to remain open as long as they meet Social Distancing Requirements to the fullest extent possible as well as follow other guidance. Essential Businesses and Operations shall whenever possible, use technology to remotely do business as well. If there are questions as to what organizations are defined as “essential” further clarification as well as a form to request approval to be designated essential may be found on the WEDC website, here.  

    Relief related resources are developing as we speak at regional, state and national levels. Our Chamber is advocating for these resources to be prompt with the ability to aid all types and sizes of businesses. We will list these COVID-19 related resources on this website.

    We are all in this together.  We are here with you through the both good times and the bad. Please let us know how we can better serve you

    Previous Updates:

    (3/20/2020)

    The Douglas County Department of Health & Human Services announced on Friday, March 20, 2020, that Douglas County has its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The case is likely associated with travel and the individual is isolated at home and doing well.  Please click here to see the full press release.

    The Douglas County Department of Health & Human Services is updating its website, douglascountywi.org/1124/COVID-19-Updates with important information regarding COVID-19, how it is affecting Douglas County and steps you can take to help halt the spread. This website is being updated regularly and has a timeline of events. The Chamber will continue to follow the lead of the DCDHHS and public health officials. Click here to view their page

    The Chamber continues to encourage you to support our local businesses at this time.  Please consider shopping online, buying gift cards, continuing your subscription, and ordering via delivery. 

    Please continue to let us know how we can better serve you during these concerning times. We remain committed to our members and the community and plan to continue to do all we can in the days to come.

    (Update 3/17/2020)

    Dear friends, colleges, and members of the community,
     
    The global spread of COVID-19 is affecting and will continue to affect every one of us both personally and professionally. One of The Chamber’s key roles in the COVID-19 crisis is to be a reliable provider of factual information. Our key resources provided in our 3/13/2020 update continues to remain the same. Further, we are not a public health organization nor do we wish to imitate one and we don’t want to add to the clutter as you plan and prepare for what lays ahead, so you will hear from us only when we have something important or unique to offer.
     
    At the Chamber of Commerce, we are committed to our mission of advancing the business interest and community growth of Superior-Douglas County as well as to promote our region as a premier travel destination, even in these uncharted waters. We are currently working to support and stabilize our local economies rather than our normal actions of promotion and growth. We are committed to our members and their employees who are already feeling impacts of this outbreak which will only magnify as the days and weeks move on.
     
    Like you, we are paying close attention to the COVID-19 public health emergency as it evolves. We are receiving updates, literally, by the hour at local, state and national levels. Today (3/17/2020) alone we heard from Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services with 
    their announcement to limit operating hours of specific businesses.
     
    How you can respond and prepare:
    Tracking: It is unsure what aid and assistance will come in future days but one thing our businesses/organizations can be proactive on is to track COVID-19 related data. Please try to estimate the correlated impact on your organization, revenues, expenses, staffing as this process continues.

    Support your employees: This can be a trying and stressful time for employees and their families at all levels. Make decisions and actions with transparency. Communicate with employees, and support your employees in whatever ways you can.

    Plan aheadWe are already seeing supply chain complications with expected lags in delivery from weeks to months. Plan ahead and stay in communication with both vendors and customers. Accessibility to physical work locations and the needs of your stakeholders may become an issue as this process continues. Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home. Keep enough food, regular prescription drugs, and other necessities on hand in case you need to stay home and are not able to go out easily.

    PreventionProtect yourself and others by washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. If you or your children are sick, stay home. Do not return to work until you are feeling better and fever is gone for at least 24 hours. Frequently clean all commonly touched work surfaces, work areas, and equipment.

    Support your neighbor: Based on preliminary estimates nearly 100% of our community organizations will be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in some form or another. Local small businesses are already seeing a negative impact in these early stages, and tourism is expected to see between 20-75% quarterly decreases in activity over the next nine months. Supporting ALL of the businesses in our community is of the utmost importance during these times. Many significant fundraisers have been canceled in our community which will impact all populations, if you are able to donate the cost of your ticket back to the organizer rather than asking for refunds, please do so. Buy from local stores, online. Support our restaurants via means of delivery and take out options during operating hours. Purchase gift cards to use at a later time. Make donations to local non-profits. Show your support by sharing a positive message with these local businesses' social media. Post/like/share our businesses that choose to remain open, but distant with curbside services, delivery, and to-go options.
     
    Your Chamber’s Response:
    Although our events/functions connect others, educate on relevant topics and create lasting, positive relationships for our members and attendees. Right now, we have already taken the needed steps to follow public health advisories and recommended best practices surrounding the COVID-19 public health emergency. Below are some precautions The Chamber of Commerce has taken to limit gatherings and aid with “social distancing”:

    -Effective 3/17/2020 our Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center is closed to the public until further notice.

    -Effective 3/17/2020 The Chamber has postponed, made virtual arrangements, or canceled our events/functions through the end of May.

    -Effective 3/18/2020 our Chamber Office will be closed to the public. At this time our team will still be available via virtual meetings, phone, and email.

    -At this time we will still host Chamber Restaurant Week (April 13-19) based on government regulations and the ability to stay open during this week. As always we encourage consumers to support the businesses in our community, however, please take advantage of delivery or “to-go” dining for this promotion.

    - We have compiled a list of businesses of all types that are offering curbside services, delivery, or to-go optionsPlease click here for that list.  Please reach out to nikky.farmakes@superiorchamber.org if we have missed any business as we will be updating this list as we know more. 
     
    Please let us know how we can better serve you during these concerning times. We will get through this together. Please be assured that we remain steadfast in our commitment to our members and the community as a whole.

    (Update 3-13-2020)

    Dear Friends of the Chamber of Commerce,

    As the outbreak of COVID-19 or better known as the Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, it is important to remember that at this time the threat risk in Northwest Wisconsin and the greater Twin Ports communities is considered low.  Please take this time to think through vital operations, and to prepare your organization for what you would do should the outbreak reach our community.  This outbreak has the potential to impact the supply and demand for essential goods and services, slow if not stop community resources, as well as create barriers for both customers and employees and their families. Until the control of this situation can be reached, we encourage all organizations to think ahead on how best to prepare, but not to panic.

    Please remember that many of the methods of prevention for this infection are similar to that of influenza or flu viruses commonly seen at this time of the year.  Simple actions, like adequately washing hands, avoid touching your face and mouth, as well as staying home when you are sick are some of the best ways to prevent infection. 

    At this time, the Superior Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce is following the lead of public health officials. Local medical experts stress that the average person suffers mild symptoms when contracting the virus (low-grade fever, cough, intestinal discomfort). Our greatest need as a community is to prevent the virus from spreading to those most vulnerable and those who care for them. Those most vulnerable include chronic lung and heart conditions, diabetes, the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system. It is important to note that our community is in prevention mode through hygiene, not panic mode. 

    The Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce is monitoring the situation closely and will update this page with more information as it becomes available. 

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