July 15, 2020 — The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the reopening of the Florence Visitor Center, 290 Highway 101, with limited hours.
According to Chamber Executive Director Bettina Hannigan, schedules will vary depending on the availability of willing volunteers.
“We opened very trepidatiously, but we’re open most Mondays through Saturdays from about 11 a.m.to 3 p.m.,” she said. “In the past, we’ve had more than 20 volunteers available, but that number is vastly reduced due to COVID-19 sensibilities. Still, several have stepped up because they love our community and greeting visitors.”
The reopened visitor center will require that people follow state guidelines.
“Our events coordinator, Mitzi Hathaway, has come up with some fun coastal-themed signage to explain our new, state-mandated protocols,” Hannigan said. “For example, one sign instructs guest to stay ‘one fathom’ apart, which means the mandated six feet.”
Masks are required for all who enter, plexiglass shields are in place between volunteers and guests, greeters direct guests to information but won’t hand them anything, there is a strict “if you touch it, take it” rule about brochures, public restrooms are closed, and signs welcome guests while encouraging patience.
“There has been a positive upswing in tourism and we are excited to see so many people returning to spend money as they enjoy Oregon’s Coastal Playground,” said Hannigan. “We felt it was important to reopen the visitors center with safety protocols. We want visitors to feel welcome and safe, and to be safe and respectful of our community. Of course, we still encourage locals to shop locally and to be welcoming and gracious to those who have chosen to visit our area.”
Visitors and the local community can always visit FlorenceChamber.com or call 541-997-3128 instead of coming into the visitors’ center, or stop by www.facebook.com/florenceoregon.
For more information on all that the Florence Area Chamber offers businesses and the community, or to join or volunteer, contact Hannigan at 541-997-3128 or visit FlorenceChamber.com.