McLeod County’s three chambers of commerce will be handing out masks received from the State of MN Department of Employment and Economic Development.
The shipment will come to the Hutchinson Chamber, and from there will be divided between the Hutchinson Chamber, and Winsted and Glencoe chambers for all of McLeod County. This distribution includes all businesses in the county.
Hutchinson Chamber President Mary Hodson says “These masks are part of a large effort by the State to provide four million masks at no cost to the public. They are meant for businesses to hand to their customers who may not have a mask, or have
forgotten a mask. This is meant as a good will gesture on the State’s part, and not a lasting solution to businesses’ need for masks in the coming months.”
Hodson says “We’ve been told this is a one-time shipment. Businesses and individuals should be purchasing masks for the future. Everyone should become prepared with masks, as the burden of providing masks to customers is a financial drain on all businesses.”
Each McLeod County business may request masks from a chamber, depending on their physical location.
Hutchinson Chamber: Cities of Hutchinson, Stewart and Brownton, Townships of Acoma, Hutchinson, Lynn, Hassan Valley, Collins, Sumter, Round Grove and Penn.
Glencoe Chamber: Cities of Glencoe, Silver Lake, Biscay and Plato, Townships of Glencoe, Helen, Rich Valley and Hale.
Winsted Chamber: Cities of Winsted and Lester Prairie, Townships of Winsted and Bergen.
A business is not required to be a chamber member to receive masks.
It should be noted, each chamber may have a different registration and distribution process, and businesses should check with their designated chamber for more information.
Early the week of July 27 th, each chamber will announce their registration process to obtain masks.
The Hutchinson Chamber will be using an online form via the website www.ExploreHutchinson.com.
Registration will be open for a short duration, to allow staff and volunteers the time to count, pack and label masks for businesses, and get the masks out as quickly as possible. Distribution will happen on one day only, which is yet to be determined.
We ask everyone to be attentive to the chamber’s social media pages and website, along with news media outlets for the most up-to-date information as it becomes available. Chamber Members should be watching for email updates.
If a Hutchinson Chamber member is not receiving emails they should check their junk and spam folders before calling the chamber at 320-587-5252.