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  • Letter from the President 5/5

    Letter from the President 5/5

    Dear Fellow Chamber Members,
     
    I hope this letter finds you safe and in good health.
     
    Starting today several businesses in the Orlando/ Maitland Area have begun the process to reopen their business to the general public. Some restaurants have opened their doors today, some are waiting until later in the week, while others are waiting until they can have a bigger capacity of patrons. Regardless, the decision of when to open must be a strategic and safe one.
     
    Our Maitland Chamber Board of Directors encourages all our Maitland Chamber Members to follow the guidelines set forth from Governor DeSantis when either opening your business to the public or asking your employees to reenter the office area.
     
    For restaurants:
    • Indoor seating must be at 25% capacity
    • Can utilize outdoor seating at 6 feet distance
    • Must maintain 6ft distancing at all times (both indoors and outdoors)
    • Most restaurants are utilizing a hands-free or disposable menu and utensils to limit the number of items changing hands.
     
    For Businesses:
    • Prepare a plan of action to include cleaning and sanitizing schedules, Social distancing protocols and safety procedures
    • For those who are in contact with others, determine if your business will require mask and glove usage
    • When you will recall employees and if you will continue with video conferencing
     
    We recently surveyed our members with questions on how Covid-19 has impacted their business. 60% of the businesses that participated said that while they felt some impacts from the virus, they were certain their business would make it. 43% of those surveyed said they thought Florida was ready to reopen and start business again. Many of our members have implemented new products or services to allow them to continue doing business. 83% of the businesses said they will continue with these new services even after everything is back to 'normal', now allowing their list of services/ products to grow.
     
    Over the next coming weeks, we will all start to see things slowly easing back to a new normal for us. We, at the chamber, have decided that since our events are all considered "gathering of people", that we would continue to stay virtual for one more month. You will see our monthly events such as Coffee Connections and Wednesday Women continue virtually. We will meet again as a board to determine our course of action for the month of June, as we continue to monitor the CDC and Governor DeSantis's recommendations for social gatherings.
     
    The Chamber, like all businesses, will start back slow. We will start with some small groups until it is determined safe to continue back with our great events such as our Chamber Business Luncheon, Professional Night Out, and our Speed Networking.
     
    We will continue to monitor the CDC recommendations and will communicate with our members as needed. Please remember that the chamber is here for you. If at any time you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Shonte at info@maitlandchamber.com.
     
    I am confident that all will continue to go well and we will see our Maitland Community together once again.
     
    Sincerely,
    Mary Penn
    President

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    Duke Energy