Chamber requests mask mandate from Graham County Board of Supervisors to protect businesses

GRAHAM COUNTY- On Saturday, November 21, the Graham County Chamber Board of Directors voted to request the Graham County Board of Supervisors to implement a county-wide mask mandate to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and stave off a stay at home order.

In a letter to the Board of Supervisors, the Chamber Board said, “By preventing the spread of COVID-19, we are supporting our member businesses by helping our positive case numbers flatten enough to prevent a stay at home order. Our message to the business community and our customers is Mask Up Gila Valley or get shut down.”

Executive Director Vance Bryce received requests from local council members to ask the Gila Valley business community to support a mask mandate. “Nobody likes to be told what to do. We need to decide as a community to do our best to flatten the curve and keep our businesses open, we will be much better off and lives will be saved.”Local municipalities are holding meetings next week to discuss strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Chamber Board President and owner of Haralson Tire Pros, Kasie Titus, said, “I am in full support of our statement. We can get through this together.”

The Chamber Board expressed gratitude for the patience and support of Gila Valley customers and encouraged all county residents to shop local this holiday season and do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following CDC guidelines.