After consulting the partner hosts for the Business After Hours scheduled for Tuesday, April 17th the event has been canceled.

The State of North Carolina has suggested avoiding gatherings of 100 people or more, per a press release from Gov. Roy Cooper.

The Blowing Rock Chamber regrets we will be unable to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with our members, but encourage you to not forget our local gathering places for your social needs.

At this time, the Chamber has not been notified of businesses altering their hours of operation due to COVID-19.

The Chamber encourages you to support local businesses during this time. The loss of business due to the restrictions will certainly have significant impact on small business.

The silver lining in this is the time of year that it has occurred. We could be faced with much more significant losses other times such as July or October. March and April are traditionally not good times for most of our member businesses. The winter sports industry is winding down and vacation travel has not yet started. Our seasonal residents are not yet here. Most businesses have had a relatively good winter comparatively. This time can be used to plan, clean, repair, prepare and rest.

Safe practices and steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in workplace:

Stay home when you are sick
Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds
Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash
Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms
Clean frequently touched surfaces

The Chamber’s message to visitors is that Blowing Rock is open for business!