SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE – In accordance with guidance from Virginia Tourism Corporation and in an effort to keep staff, visitors and volunteers healthy, the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce announced it will temporarily close its state-certified Visitor Center at Bridgewater Plaza until at least March 31.
“This decision was made in an effort to reduce opportunities for contamination and exposure to COVID-19,” said SMLRCC Executive Director Christopher Finley. “As we approach April, we’ll assess the situation again and determine whether to reopen or continue closure. As of now, the SMLRCC will remain operational with employees working remotely and paid in full.”
Finley also announced the organization will use its social media channels to share tips on how residents and visitors can safely support area businesses.
“The Smith Mountain Lake business community is still open for business,” Finley said, “and it’s critical that we do what we can to support local restaurants, retail shops and other affected businesses while heeding social distancing and other safety recommendations from health experts. Examples include encouraging the purchase of gift cards now for later use or shopping stores online but coordinating a pickup or delivery at a later date.”
Finley said area businesses are encouraged to use the social forums to share services, products and ideas for safely navigating the current health situation using the hashtag #StrongerTogetherSML.
Follow the SMLRCC on Facebook at facebook.com/SmithMountainLakeRegionalChamberOfCommerce and on Instagram at instagram.com/visitsmlchamber.
“Smith Mountain Lake is a resilient community,” Finley said. “I’m confident we will emerge from these challenging times stronger and more united than ever.”