Whitefish Chamber Friday Update
June 26, 2020
In this issue
  • Blackfeet close Glacier's East Side for the summer season
  • Free COVID testing available for front-line tourism industry workers
  • Ad deadline for summer FishBIZ is this Monday!
  • New downtown parking regs crack-down on employee 'shuffling'
  • Agency on Aging survey seeks to identify need/concerns of seniors
Sun Road won't open before July 4
Blackfeet close Glacier's East Side
for the rest of the summer season

     Citing the flurry of new COVID-19 cases reported in the state of Montana in recent days, the Blackfeet Nation yesterday decided to prohibit tourists from accessing Glacier National Park's popular East Side entrances for the rest of the 2020 tourist season.

     The decision effectively closes park entrances and access points at Two Medicine, St. Mary's, Many Glacier, Cut Bank Creek and Chief Mountain, all of which are reached via roads on the Blackfeet Reservation.  Vehicular access to the park this summer will be limited to the two west Side entrances, at West Glacier and Polebridge.

     In addition, Park officials said Thursday that the Going-to-the-Sun Road won't open to private vehicles before the Independence Day Holiday, as plowing, guardrail installation and other necessary roadwork is still underway.

     CLICK HERE to read the Flathead Beacon's full report on the closure of Glacier Park's East Side for the summer tourist season. 
Thursdays and Fridays at WHS parking lot
County launches free COVID-19 testing
for tourism (and other) front-line workers

     A free COVID-19 testing site has been established in Whitefish for local workers who come into frequent contact with visitors and the public, but who are not currently exhibiting symptoms of the virus.

     The Community Snapshot Testing Site will operate in the Whitefish High School parking lot on Thursday afternoons from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., and on Friday mornings from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.  The testing done at the site is designed to provide an "early warning" of potential virus out breaks in Whitefish.

     While the site is designed for front-line workers who interact with the public frequently, anyone who is interested in being tested is welcomed.  Individuals who have symptoms will be referred to their regular healthcare provider or other resources for symptomatic testing.

      CLICK HERE to read a letter to Whitefish business owners, managers and employees from the City of Whitefish, explaining the Community Snapshot Testing Program. 

Ad deadline is this Monday ... call today!
FishBIZ returns with
Summer 2020 edition

     After taking a three-month "COVID Holiday," FishBIZ -- the Chamber's quarterly business news magazine -- returns next month with an edition focusing on what's in store for Whitefish this summer ... and beyond!

      On the Chamber side, fireworks are cancelled ... but Huckleberry Days is a definitely "go."  Our monthly Gone Fishin' after-hours events will get rolling again in August, the Visitor Center is back up-and-running, and we're already working on plans for Oktoberfest, Ladies Night Out and the Christmas Stroll.

So what's new with you?  Let us know ... we'll spread the word!
     The only thing constant is change, and the changes have certainly been constant the last three months.  So email  kevin@whitefishchamber.org and let me know what's new, fun and exciting in your world, and we'll include your Member Updates in FishBIZ.

     Display advertising in FishBIZ is a great way to get your message directly into the hands of more than 1,000 local business owners and managers, and it's affordable ... just $125 for a quarter-page ad, $200 for a half-page or $350 for a full-page, full-color ad.

     If you're interested in advertising your business, an upcoming event, a summertime sale or special "member-to-member" discount, hit me with an email or call the Chamber office at 862-3501.  But do it quick ... the ad deadline is Monday June 29!    
Tell your staffers ... enforcement begins July 1!
New downtown parking regulations
crack-down on Central Avenue 'shufflers'

     Downtown workers used to doing the "Central Avenue Shuffle" to avoid getting parking tickets are gonna have to clean-up their act, as implementation of the City's new Parking Management Plan begins in less than a week.

     "Reparking" is the official name being given to the practice of moving employee cars or trucks a short distance every 2-3 hours in an effort to foil the "parking police."  That game will now be a little bit tougher to play, as vehicles re-parked in the same block (or parking lot) will now be ticketed as if they'd never moved at all.

     The City's goal is to ensure that customers of downtown businesses can find convenient parking, encourage the "turnover" of high-demand parking spaces, and discourage local workers from shuffling their vehicles.

      CLICK HERE to see the full "Downtown Parking Q&A" prepared by the City, which includes details on the "no reparking" policy and a map that identifies where your workers can park all day long without fear of getting ticketed.
Please reply to Agency on Aging by July 10
Survey seeks to identify senior needs/concerns 

     The Flathead County Agency on Aging is asking for your help in identifying the needs and concerns of our community's older population ... especially in times of public health emergencies and natural disasters.

     The quick, 12-question survey focuses on the impacts which the COVID-19 crisis has had on our older population, and letting them know about the programs/services available locally to help them through these trying times.

      CLICK HERE to take the survey today, and forward the link to your older staff members, friends and family who've been affected by the current health crisis.  Those who respond by July 10 will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $25 gift cards ... just make sure you spend it locally!
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