Keep our city open -- Mask Up!
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s mission is to help our members prosper and keep the economic environment healthy. As we all work to restore business activity in light of COVID-19, the increase in cases threatens to send us backward.
That’s why the Chamber is asking everyone in our community to join together and wear face coverings. Doing so now can keep us all safer and prevent the need for more stringent limitations in the future.
If we want to get things back to normal quickly, if we want to get our kids back in school, if we want to go back to things we love to do in this community, wearing a mask is the best solution.
We know that masks and social distancing work to slow the spread of the virus. The track record of other cities demonstrates that coronavirus spread can be mitigated – and businesses can remain open – where masks and social distancing have been widely accepted. We have every reason to expect a similar effort here would be successful, too.
We can make Oklahoma City a model. The work of the START Coalition in researching UV lighting and other tools to make people safer in businesses and public places has the potential to put Oklahoma City at the forefront of our nation’s recovery. Research at the University of Oklahoma is playing an important role in treatments and a vaccine.
But it will take more than the experts. We need every person in our city to play a role in making this change. This crisis is no different than any other we have faced. We need to demonstrate once again the Oklahoma Standard – we take care of each other, we take care of ourselves, and we take care of our city.
Roy H. Williams, CCE
Chamber CEO & President