Chamber urges masks, social distancing


The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County announced Monday morning that it fully supports recommendations that people wear face masks in public settings.

Chamber President Linda Lewis sent an email to the group’s board members as well as to the Daily Mountain Eagle to gain public support for wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The information was also posted to the Chamber’s Facebook page.

“This is in an effort to prevent or slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Lewis said. “The Center for Disease Control has made these recommendations, and the Chamber fully supports the CDC’s recommendations.”

Lewis mentioned wearing masks in public settings, such as retail stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and walking through restaurants. In the email, Lewis also emphasized social distancing whenever possible.

“Six feet or two arms length apart whenever possible is best,” she said. “Keeping space between yourself and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid the virus and slowing its spread.”

Taking a stance at this time was important for the local chamber, Lewis said.

“This is about our business community,” she said. “We have worked so hard to get ourselves where we are. We do not want to see numbers surge and businesses have to close again. We need to be good stewards and do our part to help our local businesses.”