Chamber Officials Comment on COVID-19

Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber:
“We at the Chamber are closely monitoring this rapidly developing situation. It’s a time of uncertainty for area businesses, but we’re confident in the leadership of our city, county, state and federal governments to ensure the health and safety of northeast Oklahoma families. The Chamber is in close coordination with our regional health care providers, and we have total confidence in their preparedness and response plans.
“Likewise, area businesses have done an excellent job preparing their employees for potential impacts from COVID-19. We encourage our members to be proactive, exercise an abundance of caution, and heed the advice of medical professionals at the Tulsa Health Department, Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Our community and nation have been challenged before, and we’ve proven our resilience. We expect this situation will be no different.”
 Bill Murphy, senior vice president of economic development:
“The Chamber remains committed to supporting Tulsa-area businesses, no matter the circumstances. From remote working to temporary closures, COVID-19 is impacting local companies. While we are fortunate to have strong momentum from a very robust regional economy these last several years, it’s too early to know what the long-term economic implications will be. The Chamber is ready and willing to help businesses prepare for potential long-term impacts in the weeks and months to come.”
 Ray Hoyt, president of Tulsa Regional Tourism:
“As the situation evolves, we are working with local and national event planners to ensure their future events are safe for our community and their attendees traveling to Tulsa. Our team is in close contact with local partners, including area venues and hoteliers. They are all implementing preventive measures to ensure visitor safety and health remain their top priorities. Currently, no Tulsa-area venue or hotel has closed due to COVID-19.”