Watkins Glen, NY- The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Schuyler County are pleased to announce that commencing immediately disposable masks will be freely distributed to businesses based in Schuyler County to assist them in the coming days of our region’s phased reopening process.
Tim O’Hearn, Schuyler County Administrator, remarked “While it is critical that we continue the social distancing protocols mandated by the Governor, we recognize that it can be a challenge to balance public health with customer relations. We are happy to assist in mitigating this conflict by supplying face coverings and thereby eliminating any excuse not to wear one”. While Rebekah Carroll, Executive Director of the Chamber, elaborated “It is incredibly heartening to know that our region and county have been approved to commence Phase 1 of the state’s NY Forward Reopening plan. We welcome the opportunity to assist in this effort by distributing masks that have been provided by Schuyler County itself, to any and all businesses in Schuyler County that will need them as they begin hosting customers and employees begin returning to work.”
Limited numbers of masks will be available, with the County doing all it can to help meet the mask needs of the business community in the coming days and weeks. Businesses based in Schuyler County are invited to pick up these complimentary masks during specified hours at the offices of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce at 214 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. While the offices have been closed for several weeks, with staff working remotely, beginning on Monday, May 18 at 10 a.m. a staff member will be present to distribute masks to businesses from that office. Masks can be picked up on the following days and times: Monday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Wednesday Noon – 4 p.m.; Friday Noon – 4 p.m.
Schuyler County businesses with questions about this program, including specific days and times when distribution will be taking place, are encouraged to either visit the Chamber’s website at watkinsglenchamber.com/resourcescovid-19 or call them at (607) 535-4300.