Merchants Prepare to Open for Business

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As the State of Delaware progresses through Phase 1 reopening, Milford merchants are taking precautions to open safely.  Downtown Milford, Inc, City of Milford, Business Owners, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, Representative Shupe and community stakeholders have been meeting virtually to discuss the challenges and concerns COVID-19 has posed to our downtown businesses.  As a result, we thoughtfully and efficiently developed a toolkit to help businesses and consumers feel confident supporting downtown.  Come June 1st, Milford is open for business!

In an effort to help combat PPE shortages, we have partnered with local organizations First State Manufacturing, University of Delaware, and Dogfish Head to help us supply materials for toolkits to include masks, sanitizer, cleaning products, and tape to mark spacing guidance.  Kits will be distributed among the businesses downtown.  The Delaware Division of Public Health have issued a 10-item COVID-19 Customer Protection Standards checklist for businesses; those in compliance will receive a door/window decal.  You can feel confident supporting Downtown Milford.

Small businesses need your support now more than ever.  We ask people to be patient, kind, and compassionate.  Some businesses have been closed for months or have been open with modified practices.  It will take time to get back to a sense of “normalcy”.  Please follow guidelines for face coverings, hand washing, social distancing, and other guidelines provided by the State of Delaware and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  “The past couple of months has been trying for all of us, but we have weathered the storm and are looking at brighter days ahead”, City Manager Mark Whitfield says.  “Many Milfordians are anxious to get back to normal, even it is it a bit limited.  We are all in this together!”

For business updates check https://downtownmilford.org/covid-19-resources/.  Downtown Milford, Incorporated, is a dynamic multi-faceted economic development organization that serves as positive force in the community at large. We work with business and property owners to beautify, revitalize, protect, preserve, and promote our historic riverside district. DMI operates as 501c3 nonprofit organization and is accredited through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Downtown Delaware Program.