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State, regional chambers of commerce reschedule large-scale events

State and regional business groups are swiftly responding to Gov. Tom Wolf’s call to postpone major events until further notice, accepting precautionary advice from health officials “do [their] part” in mitigating the spread of coronavirus by avoiding large groups.

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry will postpone its Spring Human Resources Conference, originally slated to take place March 26, chamber officials told the Central Penn Business Journal and Lehigh Valley Business.

“We understand the domestic outbreak of a strain of the coronavirus has raised many travel and safety concerns for companies across the commonwealth,” chamber officials said in an official statement.

“We care about the health and safety of our event attendees and participants, as a precaution and in the best interest of the business community we have made the decision to postpone the Spring Human Resources Conference that was originally scheduled to take place on March 26 to a future date,” the statement said. “We will re-evaluate dates for future events as we have more information in the coming weeks and months.”

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber told members it is postponing its biggest event of the year — VIBE — originally scheduled for March 18, and the Business After Hours event the next day. Both will be rescheduled.

“We are in constant communication with local, state and federal officials, the PA Department of Health and regional health systems,” President and CEO David Black told members in a Thursday letter. “Please remember that prevention, not panic, is key.”

Justin Henry
Justin Henry is the regional reporter for the Central Penn Business Journal and the Lehigh Valley Business. He can be reached at jhenry@bridgetowermedia.com.

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