WEST CHESTER — Restore Chester County, the initiative focused on reopening and restoring Chester County’s quality of place impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, is asking county residents to indicate their willingness to participate in activities in the community over the summer and fall seasons.

Through a five-minute survey, residents are asked to share what they believe is needed to ensure comfort in enjoying the wonderful restaurants, businesses, and events in Chester County.

Members of the Chester County Commissioners’ COVID-19 Business Task Force representing the county’s municipalities, travel, hospitality and tourism sectors, non-profits and other community groups came together to review the current COVID-19 guidelines affecting summer and fall events.

Ernie Holling, executive director of the Chester County Association of Township Officials and Restore Chester County member said, “An important part of understanding what could impact plans for summer and fall events and support for our restaurants and other businesses, is the actual desire by residents to venture out; to attend events, go to local restaurants and shop local.

“This very quick and easy survey will help us to understand what hesitations there may be, and what it would take to ensure greater confidence in safety, especially as more and more residents become vaccinated.”

The survey is anonymous and includes 11 questions with multiple-choice responses. It asks how likely you are to participate in eating outdoors or indoors at a restaurant, attending an outdoor or indoor community event, attending a sporting event, or shopping at a small or large store. It also asks what safety measures may influence your decision to participate in an event.

Susan Hamley, executive director of the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau and another member of the Restore Chester County committee noted, “As the County’s official tourism organization, we review consumer sentiment research every week from Destination Analysts, which includes intent to travel but also to dine, shop and visit attractions locally.

“As of this week, the stats show 51.5 percent of locals nationally are comfortable going out in their communities for these types of activities. This Restore Chester County survey will help us better understand what our own residents and workers are thinking and feeling to be able to support our hospitality businesses and help them survive and eventually thrive again.”

Prior to the pandemic, Chester County’s residents and visitors to the county enjoyed community days at municipal parks and in our boroughs and the city of Coatesville. The first responder community, civic organizations and nonprofits relied on fundraising dinners, amusement fairs, and 5K events. Local businesses and craft vendors relied on revenue from many of these events too.

Beth Harper Briglia, executive vice president of Philanthropy Services for the Chester County Community Foundation and Restore Chester County member said, “Everyone is eager to return to a time when we can attend summer and fall community events without thinking about spreading the coronavirus, and when we can support our local restaurants, theaters, businesses, and large community and nonprofit fundraisers.

“We can follow the guidance for holding events, and adapt to the safety measures provided by federal, state and local health officials. But a crucial determinant in whether or not to go ahead with any event is knowing how likely people are to attend and support them. For the sake of our charities, our first responders, our schools, our civic organizations, our hospitals, our restaurants and our businesses, we ask that everyone spend just five minutes to take this survey.”

To take the online survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/chescocitizensurvey.

For more information about Restore Chester County, go to www.restorechestercounty.org.

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