COVID-19: A Letter from our Chamber
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Thursday, May 28 - 2:45 p.m.
Chamber Cancels Astoria 4th of July Fireworks Show
The Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 4th of July fireworks show in Astoria.
With the safety and well-being of our community at the top of our minds, we felt this was not the right time to have this type of large-scale event.
“Our team had hoped that we would be able produce the Independence Day fireworks show as planned, but we are still facing many unknowns and uncertainties as we look ahead to July,” said David Reid, AWACC Executive Director. “Under the current health circumstances, it would be irresponsible for us to proceed. By making this decision, we are standing with other communities in the area that have canceled their events out of an abundance of caution.”
Another contributing factor in this decision is the cost of a professional fireworks show. The Chamber planned to make this year’s production the biggest one ever held in the Astoria-Warrenton area, doubling our event budget and securing the investment of several sponsors.
“We believe our financial assets could be better spent in supporting our business community in this unprecedented time and continuing to provide the resources, service and encouragement our members have come to expect from us,” Reid said.
The Chamber would like to thank Western Display Fireworks, the Chamber Ambassador committee, Ohana Media Group, Van Dusen Beverages, Hyak Maritime, Bergerson Construction and WCT Marine and Construction for their partnership.
We encourage our community to find safe, alternative ways to celebrate Independence Day this year, and we look forward to hosting the fireworks again in 2021.
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.
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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.
Executive Director, Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce