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The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) recognises it must lead by example with response to COVID-19 and encourages all Esperance businesses to implement best practice procedures. Non-essential businesses that choose to remain open should prepare for a mandatory closure and work from home arrangements.
On this basis, the ECCI offices will close immediately until further notice with staff working from home with all available resources re-directed to assisting businesses to implement best practice COVID-19 behaviours. Staff will not be conducting any face-to-face meetings or errands. All events have been cancelled.
ECCI staff will be available via phone and email to provide support to businesses and direct them to up-to-date resources.
Consumers are urged to respect the new COVID-19 protocols at this time. Panic buying and hoarding are counterproductive behaviours for continued and stable business operation.
We recognise that temporary business closures will have a dramatic financial impact. Business owners are encouraged to talk openly with their staff, landlords, customers and suppliers to ensure that the effects of COVID-19 are shared by the entire economic chain. The community should be mindful of the enormous effect that CODIV-19 will have on the mental health of business owners.
ECCI President - Shaun Meares
“Social distancing and vigilant personal hygiene remain the core recommendations by experts in response to COVID-19, and closure of the ECCI office achieves one of these recommendations. We want Esperance to remain a resilient and prepared community.”
ECCI Executive Officer - Bronwyn McLeod
“The ECCI staff are ready to support businesses as they navigate the evolving COVID-19 situation. We anticipate that implementing best practice behaviours, employee obligations, and stimulus packages opportunities will be common areas of interest.”
To keep up to date with ongoing changes for businesses please check the Small Business Development Corporation website regularly