COVID-19: A Letter from our Chamber

on March 12, 2020 by Regina Willkie

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Monday, March 16, 2020         11:00 a.m.

Cancellation of the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival

Dear event partners and community members –

The Oregon Health Authority has confirmed 39 positive cases for COVID-19 in the state. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued a moratorium on all public gatherings of more than 250 people statewide for four weeks, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all gatherings of more than 50 people be canceled or postponed for the next eight weeks.

This community mitigation effort is considered one of the most effective means of containing COVID-19 transmissions. We urge our community members to take protective measures against COVID-19 such as washing hands frequently, staying home if you are sick and implementing social distancing measures.

Due to this ongoing public health situation, the 2020 Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival has been canceled and will not be rescheduled this year.

In consideration of the current state and federal recommendations and potential health risk that our vendors, volunteers, contractors and attendees could face in April, our staff and board of directors felt that canceling this event would be our best course of action. The Festival is a major fundraiser for not only our organization, but dozens of others that participate in the event, as well as hundreds of small businesses from our vendors and performers to hotels, restaurants and shops in the region. By canceling this event now, we felt that everyone involved would have a better opportunity to mitigate lost income from the event rather than waiting until nearer to the event.

We will make every effort to continue to support our business community during this economic slowdown and encourage you to join us. Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this difficult situation together. 

Future updates will be posted here or follow our Facebook page.  



Thursday, March 12, 2020       1:30 p.m.

COVID-19: A Letter from our Chamber

Dear Chamber partners and community members –

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, first identified in Wuhan, China in late 2019 has now spread to at least 76 countries including the United States and has infected more than 100,000 people.

Here in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority has confirmed 21 positive cases for COVID-19. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has also issued a moratorium on all public gatherings of more than 250 people statewide for four weeks, effective immediately.  This community mitigation effort is considered the quickest and most effective means of containing COVID-19 transmissions. 

We urge our community members to take protective measures against COVID-19 such as washing hands frequently and staying home if you are sick.

Regarding the Chamber’s upcoming major events, the safety and well-being of our community is of highest importance. While these events are scheduled beyond the current moratorium, we are considering the best course of action regarding our Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival (April 24-26) and the 35th Anniversary Celebration of The Goonies (June 4-7) and whether these events will or should go on.  We are proactively monitoring the situation as State agencies take practical measures to ensure health and safety and prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 virus in the state. 

The Chamber also wants to underscore the impact that misinformation and overreaction could have on local business. We will make every effort to continue to support our business leaders during this economic slowdown and encourage you to join us. 

If you are a local event organizer/host experiencing changes to, rescheduling of or cancellation of, your event(s), please let us know, so that we can help spread the word. Call our visitor center at (503) 325-6311 or email Membership Director Jerry Sandness.

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this difficult situation together.

Future updates will be posted here or follow our Facebook page.  For the latest information regarding Covid-19, please check out the Oregon Health Authority's website.

David Reid

Executive Director, Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce