Roadmap to Recovery Update – Addressing Uncertainty

Everyone is concerned about the rise in COVID cases throughout our community and we are left debating whether there will be further tightening of restrictions or even another shut down. The Chamber is adamant about advocating that any new restrictions be based on sound science and information we have gathered through the Pandemic experience since March. We have all learned that there are five things are extremely effective in stopping the spread: proper distancing, mask-wearing, plexiglass, sanitizing and ventilation. Through our Roadmap to Recovery initiative, the Chamber has conducted 12 focus groups with over 163 Chamber business members, and it is clear these businesses are operating safely. The hotel, restaurant and retail industry locally has proven over the past 6 months that they can safely operate and will continue to do so with proper safety measures. If restaurants and hotels are forced to shut down, not only will we lose small businesses, but we will force people to go underground and gather with their family and friends where we know the highest risk of community spread resides.

The Chamber will continue to work with our community leaders and our businesses to collaboratively protect our health and safety as well as our livelihoods.
Goleta Chamber of Commerce

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