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COOLIDGE — The Coolidge Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday that it has closed its visitor center to the public, but staff will remain to assist local businesses and the community through phone and email communication.

Coolidge Chamber Executive Director Lynn Parsons said the decision to close the center was due to the foot traffic it was attracting over the past few days. Although minimal, she noted that the number was enough to warrant the facility’s closure amongst recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for communities to practice social distancing amidst the outbreak.

But chamber staff members are continuing to monitor guidelines recommended by the governor and the CDC and will continue to provide businesses and local community members with up-to-date information as the situation progresses.

As numbers of those who have tested positive for the coronavirus have increased, leading Gov. Doug Ducey to call for service businesses such as bars and restaurants to adhere to specific restrictions in the hopes of limiting the spread of the disease, the chamber is working to keep businesses informed of those updates and also advise community members of which businesses are currently open, their hours and what services they are providing.

In addition, the chamber is also reaching out to businesses to keep appraised of what resources they have available.

“We want to connect the community with what is available, and we also want to help businesses with resources that are available to them,” Parsons said.

Chamber staff will continue calling local businesses to obtain the information on a regular basis, and routinely update the Chamber’s Facebook page to keep the public informed.

The service, Parsons noted, is being extended to all local businesses regardless of chamber membership. She also encouraged members of the public to support local businesses when considering taking advantage of the drive-thru services currently being offered and to choose to reschedule rather than cancel appointments outright.

“The most important thing that our community needs to know is not to panic,” she said. “And instead take advantage of this time to be with their families.”