Local chambers of commerce announce cancellations, postponements

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The Murrieta Wildomar Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday, March 11, it would suspend all its activities “out of an abundance of caution” in response to the threat of COVID-19.

The move came after the chamber took part in a series of conference calls with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House, a press release issued by the agency said.

“Based on information we have received and out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending all events and programs,” the chamber said.

According to the press release, experts are saying that if large gathering events were suspended or changed over the next few weeks, it would provide a gap that could help to curtail the expansion of the virus.

“We appreciate your patience during this time and support of us being mindful of our communities’ health,” the chamber said. “We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you as we have more information.”

For the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, it was business as usual as of the time of this posting.

“TVCC has not made any changes to our meetings and event schedule (for meetings and events with fewer than 1,000 in attendance),” TVCC president and CEO Emily Falappino said. “We have, however, adopted extra precautions to safeguard our meeting environments and stop the spread of germs, using all of the great resources authoritative experts on the matter have endorsed.  This means our upcoming meetings and events will feature more precautions and extra touches to help keep the event free from germ spread.”

Falappino said TVCC is making it a priority to educate themselves with facts and “authoritative resources.”

“We’re making daily evaluations of the current and potential effects of COVID-19 within our community and our business economy,” she said. “At this time, TVCC wants to promote facts, take precautions, minimize risks and maintain life/business ‘as (close to) usual’ to the best of our abilities with consideration of all these factors. We are in close and frequent communications with local government, local hospitals, our biggest industry partners, and our small business community.”

Falappino said that the TVCC is nimble and prepared to make changes as necessary.

“TVCC will follow up with more resources and more frequent communications over this topic and the situation in our Valley,” she said.

In San Jacinto, the grand opening celebration for the new Wienerschnitzel has been rescceduled for May 9.

The Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, which said it is in close contact with the Riverside County Department of Health, has canceled or postponed all its March activities including afterhours mixers and nooner mixers.

“We had our 71st Annual Installation Dinner and Awards Ceremony scheduled for March 28 with 300 attendees but have chosen to reschedule for June 27,” Chamber president Kim Joseph Cousins said.

The Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber has also rescheduled its EDWC luncheon until May 21 at the Diamond Tap Room.

“We will reevaluate our position at the end of March and determine if our April Programs should continue with our normal operating pattern,” Cousins said. “We plan on staying in constant contact with members and non- member’s alike to provide information and guidance as developments unfold.”

Valley News recommends that anyone planning on attending any meeting or event checks with organizers to ensure the event will still be held.

Kim Harris can be reached at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.

Will Fritz, Jeff Pack and City News Service contributed to this report.