The Auburn Chamber’s mission is to provide resources and leadership to create a thriving business environment. Out of concern for our businesses and the health and safety of their employees, the chamber has launched Keep Auburn Open.
The components of Keep Auburn Open, a program of the Auburn Chamber, is to follow the state of Alabama’s proclamation by Gov. Kay Ivey and recommendations of the CDC, which includes wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing and providing a six-foot distance between others.
The Auburn Chamber encourages everyone to help reduce communitywide transmission and impacts of the virus by taking personal responsibility.
“In the governor’s press conference on Wednesday, she encouraged the business community to support her amended health order which requires face coverings in public,” said Lolly Steiner, chamber president. “That’s exactly the idea behind Keep Business Open. We want to ensure our businesses remain open and safe.”
The chamber values its important partnership with East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) and is frequently provided with COVID-19 updates. For several weeks, EAMC has been encouraging our community to voluntarily wear a face mask to help reduce communitywide transmission. Through Keep Auburn Open, the chamber believes these efforts will help with communitywide transmission and provide relief for our hospital and health care workers.
After studying recommendations by health professionals, downtown Auburn merchant Behind the Glass made the decision to require face coverings for their employees and customers before Gov. Ivey’s amended Safer at Home order.
“Our policy has helped our employees know that we are doing everything that we can to keep them safe, and many, many customers have expressed that they appreciate our dedication to providing a safe shopping experience,” said Donna Young, owner of Behind the Glass. “As a visible part of the downtown community, we wanted to do our part to set a good example. It’s a lot easier to wear a mask when everyone is wearing them.”
The chamber will require anyone who enters their office to wear a face covering for the health and safety of staff members. There will be complimentary masks and hand sanitizer available for visitors, and the chamber encourages their membership to follow.
The Auburn Chamber is committed to sharing resources in the effort to support our local businesses and is planning to do so in the coming weeks.
“Our business community has been resilient the past several months,” Steiner said. “The chamber will continue to walk alongside businesses during these challenging times, and we ask the community to do the same by continuing to shop local. By shopping local, you are supporting more jobs and our local economy. Let’s remember, we’re in this together.”
The Auburn Chamber is confident these steps, plus remembering to monitor your health daily and following disinfecting guidelines provided by the CDC and OSHA will help slow the spread of COVID-19, reduce positive cases and keep Auburn open.