Social Distancing Supports Local Small Business recovery

An Open Letter From Travel Baker County

While visitor numbers are still low, the summer tourism season is here and the Fourth of July weekend is just around the corner, and we have seen more visitors in Baker County over the last two weeks.

We are excited to see visitors traveling again and the increase in traffic is encouraging for our local businesses that are slowly reopening and adjusting to a new way of doing businesses during COVID 19.

At Travel Baker County our most important concerns are the health and safety of our community citizens and those who choose to visit us, and the continued success of our local hospitality businesses that depend on visitor spending for their financial success.

Our local small business owners and their employees are working harder than ever before to keep their businesses open and keep their employees and customers safe. Visitors are also more vigilant than ever about safety and security while traveling.

We are proud of the work that our local business owners and community members have done to help us reopen safely so far. However, recent outbreaks in Union County and Idaho’s Ada County, are a reminder that these are not normal times and we still need to be cautious. This summer tourism season will not be business as usual.

Local hospitality businesses are already working overtime to adapt to the new guidelines they are required to follow, and visitor perception of how well businesses are following these guidelines is increasingly important as they decide where and how to travel this summer.

Community support for following the CDC guidelines will help ensure that our visitors feel safe and welcome as they travel through Baker County:

• Maintaining social distance of 6 feet from others
• Wearing a face covering when in public places where
you can’t social distance
• Regular had washing and sanitizing

While these extra precautions may be an inconvenience, they are some of the most important things we can do right now to support our local small businesses remaining open as we move forward rebuilding our local economy.

https://www.cdc.gov/…/…/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Timothy Bishop, Travel Baker County