UPDATE: The Fort St. John Chamber has cancelled all events effective immediately until further notice. Contact the Chamber for more details about any refunds.
From President Julie Ziebart: "This has been a difficult week as we face a global calamity that still feels surreal to many of us. The prevailing conditions surrounding COVID-19 demand vigilance, behavioural change, and adaptation. We believe it is incumbent on us to carefully assess all risks, and do our part to help flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19. With careful consideration, we made the decision to cancel, and hopefully reschedule, these events. We feel canceling is the prudent thing to do. The health and safety of our members, attendees, community, and team is a top priority. We are closely monitoring the situation and will resume our events when we feel it is completely safe to do so for everyone concerned."
The Fort St. John Chamber is monitoring the economic impacts of local closures and restrictions due to COVID-19.
The Chamber said Sunday it will hold a pair of open meetings with businesses this week to assess the immediate challenges and discuss solutions.
"The Chamber will continue to monitor and work with local and provincial agencies and remain vigilant to advocate and support the business community through this health and economic crisis," said Executive Director Cheryl Montgomery.
The meetings will take place March 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and on March 18 from 3 to 4 p.m., both at the Pomeroy hotel.
All other current Chamber events are scheduled to go ahead as planned in accordance with provincial health guidelines. Any events that do not comply with any future revised guidelines will be immediately cancelled, Montgomery said.
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