The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce released a statement on Wednesday, March 25, discussing the upcoming changes to events, particularly in the month of April.

In a written statement, the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce said that they were reviewing the calendar of events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Chamber will evaluate each event on a case-by-case basis to adhere to the North Dakota Emergency Services guidelines.” Followed by, “Upcoming Chamber events will be evaluated based on the opportunity of postponement, alternate viewing/streaming capabilities, or a full cancellation if necessary.”

Austin Boepple, the events and member relations manager with the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, discussed some of the changes that have already been put on the schedule.

“Our business after-hours which was scheduled to be at Kirkwood Bank & Trust on April 14th, that one is postponed,” Boepple said. “We are working with them right now to look at alternate dates later in the year and possibly looking into next year for business after hours.”

Boepple continued, “For other events in April, as for our new launch of the Develop Dickinson program, that was going to be a professional development session centered all around growing with Google … That event, we are finalizing details today, but that one we will be looking at a zoom type conference for that and that will be posted sometime later this week if we decide to make that decision.”

Boepple mentioned that the changes may not just affect April, but could carry over into May based on president Donald Trump’s speech on March 29.

“With President Trump’s order of extending the social distancing guidelines this past weekend from April 1 to April 30, we are expecting for this to last into May,” he said.

Boepple reiterated these changes to help the community of Dickinson in the best way possible, while also trying to continue to push Dickinson forward during these tough times.

“We definitely want to take a stem point on leading still, in the business community,” Boepple said. “Being proactive on things, getting the most updates to our members and the public as much as possible, while making sure everyone is still safe and healthy at this time.”

In the written statement, The chamber announced that they are partnering with Dakota Drone Works to release a video highlighting local restaurants who have altered their business models to meet the needs of the Dickinson community.

“Dakota Drone Works came to us with a video they already shot of aerial photos of many restaurants all around Dickinson,” Boepple said. “It’s just mostly focusing on businesses that have changed their business model to adapt to the current situation, adding a curb-side togo, adding a delivery option is what the video mainly focuses on.

The videos will be updated every two weeks with the current video being posted on the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Restaurants in the video include Blue 42 doing take out/curbside pickup from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Brickhouse Grille doing to go/delivery from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Country Kitchen doing takeout, curbside assistance and delivery from 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

In the written statement, Christina Jorgensen, the executive director of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce reportedly stated, “All of us continue to navigate this uncertain time, we entourage our members to reach out to us if assistance is needed.” The statement continues, “We will continue to form and grow partnerships with our member businesses, their employees, and our community.”

For more information, check out the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.