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Local and state chambers partner on mask campaign

‘Why?I Wear It’ made to urge mask safety

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The Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce has joined the statewide chamber in an initiative to propose mask wearing. Pictured are local chamber director Rhonda Moore (front right) and visitors bureau employees, clockwise from lower left, Buffie Boyer, Jennie Barron Landis and Janet Walker.

LEWISTOWN — As part of the “Bringing PA Back” initiative, the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the PA Chamber, the PA Medical Society and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PA to promote mask wearing as a critical step toward Pennsylvania’s economic recovery.

“Why I Wear It” is a social media-based campaign aimed at promoting the concept that mask wearing is not a political issue.

“We want to join the PA Chamber to encourage everyone to do their part in assisting our local businesses as they strive to reopen in a manner that keeps both their staff and customers safe,” said Rhonda Moore, executive director of the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce. “It is time for us to put aside our personal feelings on the state-issued mandate and acknowledge that mask wearing has proven beneficial in ensuring that our local businesses can remain open through the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

To get involved you can download a sign by going to bringingpaback.com/whyiwearit/, print it out and fill in the reason why your business promotes mask wearing. Email a photo of you and/or your employees wearing masks and holding the sign to landrews@pachamber.org and rhondam@juniatarivervalley.org, and/or post it on social media using the hashtag #WhyIWearIt.

Moore said if anyone is unable to download and print the signs, they can pick up copies from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Chamber office located in the Historic Courthouse, 1 W. Market St. in downtown Lewistown.

For more information call the Chamber office at (717) 248-6713 or email Rhonda at rhondam@juniatarivervalley.org.

“Let’s all do what we can to ensure a safe and speedy economic recovery for our Juniata River Valley,” Moore said.

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