Williamson, Inc., Williamson County’s chamber of commerce and office of economic development, has released the first of a series of videos encouraging Williamson County residents and visitors to stay vigilant about taking individual measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The focus of the campaign is to encourage people to stay healthy in order to keep the Williamson County economy healthy.
“There are simple, common sense things we can do to make it through this pandemic with our economy intact,” said Matt Largen, president and CEO of Williamson, Inc. “Personal responsibility is the key to bringing our active COVID case count down and keeping our businesses open. Wearing masks correctly, maintaining physical distance and practicing proper hand washing hygiene are all things we can do individually to help slow the spread of the virus.
“I know we are all tired of COVID, especially our small businesses that were thrown a lifeline with the Paycheck Protection Program in the summer but now need continuing customer demand to turn a profit and keep our residents employed. Simply put, sick customers and sick employees can decimate our small businesses.”
Williamson, Inc. team members interviewed owners of local businesses. Their message is the same.
“It is so important that everybody stays healthy during this holiday season so that we can continue supporting local businesses and enjoy the holidays as close to normally as possible. Part of that is wearing your mask,” said Claire Crowell of A. Marshall Hospitality, which includes brands like Americana Taphouse, Puckett’s and Stout’s.
Tim Ness, owner of Cool Café, echoed Crowell’s statement.
“Businesses will not survive if we don’t stay healthy,” he said. “We’ve got to get through this and in order to get through this, everyone has to work together.”