As you have seen, heard and experienced recently though the news and media, we as a community, region, state, and nation are now facing some very tumultuous times, with difficult decisions to make, and ever-changing information to follow.

With that said it is of the utmost importance for all of us to make decisions that are in the best interest of each other, and how we can show strength and support through these times and into the near future.

The Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced yesterday that Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH signed an order to prohibit mass gatherings in the state of Ohio.

Mass gatherings are defined as any event or convening that brings together 100 or more persons in a single room, or single space at the same time such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space. He further went on to describe prohibiting interactions that don't allow for space arm's length away or more in larger group settings.

While our luncheons currently don't meet the 100 persons minimum, we are very close to that number with venue staff, speakers and other support staff.

It is in the best interest of all of you our valued members, business owners, community leaders, and trusted officials that we trust in the decisions made by our Governor, and the Ohio Department of Health Director, and heed their recommendations to institute social distancing for the next few weeks or more as they recommend, to protect ourselves, each other, and those we come in contact with from any potential spread of infection.

At this time, we will be cancelling our March Luncheon, and hope to reschedule our City and Township Updates for later in the year. Credits will be left on accounts, but can be refunded if preferred, please contact Charlene, to work that out at your convenience.

We are unsure beyond the next few weeks what the future holds, so please keep an eye on our emails, website, and Facebook for further event updates.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding, and we are sending well wishes to all of you!

Maureen Dowell

Executive Director

Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance

2947 Interstate Parkway, PO Box 877

Brunswick, OH 44212