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As we navigate through all the uncertainty, take heart knowing our area is known for its hardworking, resilient people and we will continue to thrive once this crisis passes.
As we look for ways to spend our time safely during the coming weeks, find comfort in the wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities we have in the Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region.
- Kick that cabin fever to the curb as you wet a line and catch some crappie and bluegill or just walk along our beautiful Grand Lake.
- Enjoy the fresh air as you wander through the Dr. Elizabeth Yahl Kuffner Nature Preserve.
- Appreciate the spring sunshine as you stroll along the Miami-Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
- Have a family picnic at one of our area’s lovely community parks.
- Pump up the tires and take the old bicycle out for a spin along the Franklin Township Greenway Trail.
- And finally head to one of the many dog parks in our area so Fido can stretch his legs too!
While you enjoy the great outdoors be sure to observe social distancing for the safety of you and your loved ones.
Inspire others to find unique ways to enjoy the fresh air solitude by tagging #Grand on your social postings.
The Greater Grand Lake Region Visitors Center is committed to growing our travel economy, however, the health and well-being of our community, visitors and team are a priority. With the outbreak of coronavirus, or COVID-19, we are taking precautionary steps to flatten the COVID-19 curve by cancelling all travel and working from remote locations, when possible, through April 6. This is being done as a preventative measure out of an abundance of caution, and the expectation is that daily operations, though altered, will not be interrupted.
The Greater Grand Lake Region Visitors Center is committed to doing everything we can to help our partners respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we may not always physically be in our office know that we are still hard at work to secure and maintain business for our community. We are here to support our partners in any way we can through this period of uncertainty. Please follow us on Facebook for postings concerning carry-out offerings from our many great restaurants, cancellations and other local information and inspiration.
Please see below regarding the partner resources we have compiled. Our team will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with our state, city and county health officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and we will keep you informed of any additional changes as this rapidly changing public health situation continues.
Thank you for your support as we navigate this unprecedented public health crisis.
RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY BUSINESSES:
- Small Business Disaster Assistance: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19
- Liquor Buyback Program: https://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/liqr_buyback.pdf. PDF FileDownload PDF
- Unemployment Resources: https://unemployment.ohio.gov/
- US Chamber COVID-19 Resource Guide: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus
FREE TELECOMMUTING RESOURCES:
- Group Chat Platforms: Microsoft Teams; Google Hangouts Chat
- Event Streaming Platform: Facebook Live, YouTube Stream, Google Hangout, Periscope
- Video/Conferencing Services: com
WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT GOVERNOR DEWINE DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY?
By declaring a State of Emergency, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ensured that the state is able to receive federal funding to help combat coronavirus, and remove some of the bureaucratic red tape in order to allow faster treatment of those who test positive.
HOW CAN I KEEP MYSELF, MY COLLEAGUES AND MY CUSTOMERS SAFE?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Consider adding signage on proper hand-washingand additional hand-sanitizing stations to your facility.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue (then throwing the tissue away and washing your hands). Consider making tissues readily available and ensure ample waste baskets for proper disposal.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick. Reinforce that sick employees should stay home when sick. Check out the CDC’s interim guidance for businessesand consider putting together or reviewing a Continuity of Operations Plan to keep business moving forward in the wake of potential employee absences.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
For more information and to track progress of coronavirus, please visit:
- Ohio Department of Public Health: ohio.gov
- Auglaize County Health Department: https://www.auglaizehealth.org/
- Mercer County Health District: https://mchdohio.org/
- Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus