WESTERLY — At a time when crossing state strains may convey trepidation and confusion about journey bans and quarantine necessities, the city’s enterprise leaders are sounding a message: The higher Westerly-Pawcatuck area stays open.
On Wednesday morning, the Ocean Group Chamber of Commerce launched a “You’re Welcome” marketing campaign after the chamber acquired quite a few cellphone calls from folks questioning in the event that they had been allowed to come back to Rhode Island. The calls picked up after Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey on Tuesday imposed new COVID-19 journey restrictions on folks touring from or coming back from Rhode Island, telling folks to quarantine for 14 days.
“It’s surprising what number of lots of of calls now we have acquired … from confused members of the general public who hear or learn headlines however don’t perceive the small print concerning the new Connecticut/Rhode Island journey necessities. Retailers, private care companies and eating places are simply among the companies being affected, receiving many calls or inquiries about potential cancellations,” mentioned Lisa Konicki, Ocean Group Chamber of Commerce president.
The messages of concern additionally got here from enterprise house owners.
“They had been saying this is not good, that is going to have one other affect, and why could not they’ve waited three or 4 weeks” till the tip of the summer season vacationer season, Konicki mentioned.
To ensure people perceive companies within the Westerly, Pawcatuck, Richmond, and Charlestown area are open, Konicki and her employees have visited quite a lot of companies and photographed their house owners and employees members holding “welcome” indicators. The pictures have been posted on social media and sharing the photographs has been inspired.
The chamber has deliberately tried to incorporate a big selection of companies from throughout the area it serves. To date, Westerly’s downtown space, Misquamicut, Watch Hill, the North Finish, Dunn’s Corners, villages all through Stonington, Richmond and Charlestown have been included.
Motels and cottage rental companies are being hit exhausting as would-be company from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey who made reservations can now not keep in Rhode Island except they can quarantine for 2 weeks upon returning residence.
The restrictions are additionally affecting the chamber’s Virtu Artwork Competition, which is scheduled for Aug. 22-23 at Wilcox Park. Artists who who had deliberate to remain at inns in Rhode Island are being compelled to make different preparations and in a few circumstances have canceled plans to take part within the present, Konicki mentioned. The present was moved to August from it conventional Memorial Day weekend slot due to the pandemic.
The Misquamicut Enterprise Affiliation has initiated a marketing campaign centered on attractive Rhode Island residents to think about Westerly as a staycation or day-trip vacation spot. With greater than 150,000 social media followers, the MBA possesses the power to achieve a big viewers. Serving to the trouble is a brand new video from Gov. Gina Raimondo speaking up the virtues of the Misquamicut space and its companies.