The health and safety of our members and their employees during this COVID-19 pandemic is of the utmost importance to the Chamber. Because of that, we are strongly encouraging all our members to require the use of a face covering by their employees and customers and to observe six-foot distancing whenever possible.
The Chamber believes a municipal ordinance requiring masks, as other cities have enacted, is illegal and unenforceable. We have discouraged the city of Springdale from taking this course of action.
However, we DO support our members requiring face coverings for employees and customers at their business as a common-sense measure to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
As an example, the Chamber is now requiring anyone entering our building to wear a mask to protect the health of our employees. Except when alone in their offices, our staff will follow suit when in common areas and when meeting with visitors.
We are convinced this is a simple way to show concern for others in our community and one based in proven science. To accommodate our visitors, we are providing complementary masks and a hand sanitizing station at our building entrance. We encourage our members to follow our lead.
We believe businesses requiring face coverings is a reasonable action that is legal, enforceable and creates a protective environment for employees and customers alike.
We also encourage you to continue to implement these recommended steps:
- Follow CDC and OSHA disinfecting guidelines
- Maintain a six foot distance between you and others
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds multiple times each day
- Use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible
- Post COVID-19 signage at entrances (English sign; Spanish sign)
The Chamber is convinced these steps, recommended by the top health experts in our state and nation, can help slow and ultimately reduce the number of COVID-19 positive cases in our city and region. Let’s keep Springdale safe!
President & CEO