Chamber president Martin: ‘A tough time’ for many local businesses

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Fayette County Chamber of Commerce President Colin Martin. Photo/Ben Nelms.
Fayette County Chamber of Commerce President Colin Martin at a meeting in mid-2019. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette Chamber of Commerce developing an economic recovery plan — 

Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday extended the public health state of emergency due to COVID-19 through May 13. Looking into the future locally, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is working on an economic recovery plan for local businesses.

Commenting on Kemp’s extension of the state of emergency April 8, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce CEO Colin Martin noted that the action was not an extension of the shelter at home order currently in place through April 13, though he expected that date might also be extended.

Asked what feedback the Chamber was getting from local businesses, Martin said those businesses operating under social distancing guidelines remain open while implementing the required health safety precautions.

“The biggest hit is still with the hospitality industry, restaurants and hotels,” said Martin of the effects of the current order. “And that impact will likely continue. It will continue to be a tough time for those already affected.”

Looking to the future after COVID-19, Martin said the Chamber, in conjunction with local governments, is developing an economic recovery plan for local businesses. Still in the formative stage, the plan will likely be announced in early May, depending on conditions.

“This will take a community effort to get business going again, and confidence from the public,” Martin said.