Whitefish Chamber Friday Update
May 1, 2020
In this issue
  • State releases new reopening FAQ for hospitality industry
  • More tools to help your business reopen safely
  • Member News & Updates ... gearing-up and getting back to business!
  • Community Foundation's 'Day of Giving & Unity' set for next Tuesday
Specific sections for retail, food & bev, outdoor rec
State releases detailed 'reopening' FAQ
for hospitality and other businesses

      The State of Montana has released addition information -- and clarification -- on which businesses can resume operation under Phase 1 of the governor's reopening plan, with specific focus on tourism and hospitality-oriented businesses.

     In addition to clarifying guidelines for the general public and all business operations, the Phase 1 Reopening FAQ has specific sections for those in the food & bev industry, personal care businesses, farmer's markets, wedding and reception venues, golf courses, fishing guides, outfitters and shops, outdoor recreation facilities and public/private campgrounds.

Out-of-state visitors still subject to quarantine
     Despite the fact that many tourism-oriented businesses and activities are allowed to resume operations, all visitors arriving from out-of-state are required to "self-quarantine" for 14-days.  That means they must stay within the property in which they are residing for a full two weeks, and may not leave that property for groceries, outdoor recreation, to go to work or any other activity.

     The quarantine order applies to all overnight lodging and campground facilities, both public and private.  Lodgers are required to notify travelers from another state (or country) of the mandatory quarantine order at the time a reservation is made, and again at the time of check-in.

      Please note:  The City of Whitefish's ban on non-essential overnight accommodation rentals remains in effect through May 10.  To view the full Coronavirus Phase 1 Reopening FAQ from the state's Emergency Operations Center,  CLICK HERE
Posters, worker screenings & more
Health Dept. offers tools
to help you reopen safely

     The Flathead City-County Health Department has created a number of tools to help local businesses get "back to business" safely, and comply with state and federal health guidelines.

     The County's  Business Planning Guide offers detailed recommendations that should be implemented by all businesses with regard to appropriate distancing, use of face masks, hand washing and sanitization stations, workspace cleaning/disinfection and pre-shift staff screening for COVID-19 symptoms.

Free COVID-19 screening tool ... and posters!
     To assist with the mandatory pre-shift screening of your employees, the county has created a free online "screening page" to quickly determine if your workers are (or have been) experiencing COVID symptoms.  The online process takes about two minutes, and concludes with the awarding of a date- and time-stamped "green check" to those who pass the screening and are cleared to work that day.   CLICK HERE to go to the COVID-19 Screening Page, and learn how you and your workers can use this free tool.

     Lastly (for now at least ... 'cuz you know this never ends!) the Health Department and City of Whitefish has a created a pair of posters suitable for display on your front door, window or countertop, reminding your customers to sanitize, socially distance and wear a mask in public. 
CLICK HERE to download the color poster shown above, or  HERE for the black-and-white version.
Member updates, reopenings & more
Getting back to business!

     We've weathered the storm (at least for now), and Whitefish is wasting no time getting back to business!

     Scores of local business owners -- and their crews -- were only too happy to leave the Stay At Home order behind this week, and start the process of reopening the Whitefish economy.   If you've got things revved-up and want to spread the word, email  kevin@whitefishchamber.org  and we'll git 'er done!  

Here are a few recent update from your fellow Chamber members ... so what're you waiting for?  Get out there and Shop the Fish!
  • Nancy Cawdrey Gallery -- After a month of quarantine, we reopened April 27 with extra precautions in place.  Please call 755-2727 or 249-6222 before arriving.
  • Wright's Furniture -- Now open Monday thru Friday from 10-5, with limited showroom capacity and social distancing required.  Call 862-2455 or email wrights@wrightsmt.net to make an appointment.
  • Stumptown Snowboards -- The shop is still closed, but we're getting product onto our website for shopping, with curbside pickup available Monday thru Friday from 11-3.  Call 862-0955.
  • McGough & Company -- Opened on Monday morning, and now on-site Monday thru Saturday from 9-6.  If you'd rather not come into the store, give them a call at 862-9199 and they'll meet you curbside!
  • Tailwaggers -- Opened at their new location (325 Central), with curbside pickup and local delivery options also available!  Their self-service dog wash is open for business, with social distancing guidelines in place, of course!  Open Monday thru Friday from 10-6, and Saturdays from 12-5.  Call 862-8988.
  • Kettle Care Organics -- Manufacturing is back up-and-running, but the retail store isn't quite ready.  We do have curbside pick-up available, visit www.kettlecare.com and select "Pick-Up" at checkout ... it'll be ready 24 hours later!
  • Earth Elements Design Center -- Our showroom is now open by appointment only.  Only one group at a time, with thorough sanitizing procedures and social distancing in place.  Call 414-7040 for more info or to set up an appointment.
  • Mesa Moving & Storage -- We're open and ready to help you make any adjustments you may need to accommodate social distancing and/or downsizing ... packing, moving, storage or ????  Call Cole at 756-9700 and see how he can help!
  • PureWest Real Estate -- Allyson and the crew at PureWest have the "main office" on Baker Avenue up-and-running from 8:30 to 4:30 daily.  Appointments are appreciated but not required; call them at 261-5112 to set one up!
  • The Bulldog Saloon -- Back up-and-cookin', offering curbside service only this weekend from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.  Call ahead at 862-5636 ... I need me a Bulldog Burger!!
Help support the nonprofits who help US every day!
Whitefish Community Foundation to host
'Day of Giving & Unity' next Tuesday  

     If you're anything like me, you've been amazed at the way our community has come together -- and supported one another -- during the COVID-19 crisis and the ensuing economic shutdown.  

     Hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been raised -- and spent -- to support locals in need of food, shelter and other types of assistance.  But the need is still there ... and the coffers of our many local non-profit organizations are starting to run empty.

     As always, the Whitefish Community Foundation is leading the charge to support local non-profits, and has organized a "Day of Giving & Unity" for next Tuesday -- May 5 -- to support the many non-profits that feed, house, educate, enrich and nurture our neighbors and friends in this time of need.

     "The need is great" said WCF President Linda Engh-Grady, "but we are seeing people perform countless acts of kindness to help others.  There has never been a better time to rally around our nonprofits and raise crucial program funding."

     To make a donation or for more information -- including a list of the 60+ local non-profits that will benefit from your generosity -- visit  www.whitefishcommunityfoundation.org
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