Since the campaign launched in early October, more than 260 pledges representing dozens of businesses and organizations have signed up in support of the hALL in initiative, which seeks to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Gainesville-Hall County.
“Although still a new endeavor, the launch of the hALL in campaign has seen success and support unlike anything community leaders expected,” said Rob Fowler, volunteer leader of the COVID-19 Community Leadership Coalition. “During what’s been a difficult time for all of us, it’s been uplifting to see so many join together in the fight against COVID-19, not only for themselves, but for everyone in Gainesville-Hall County. The impressive response received in support of the hALL in effort is proof this community understands the significance of COVID-19 and is committed to doing their part to combat this virus.”
A collaborative effort by local governments, community leaders and key organizations, wearehALLin.com encourages businesses and organizations to take the hALL in pledge – to follow COVID-19 directives and guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Georgia and the White House. By taking the hALL in pledge online, you vow to wear a mask when appropriate, practice social distancing (6 feet, please!) and good hygiene (wash those hands), all to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effectively protecting the health of yourself and others in Gainesville-Hall County.
Since the campaign’s launch, an official hALL in Facebook page has been created (@wearehALLin), as well as an Instagram page (@wearehALLin). “Like” and/or follow hALL in on these social networking sites for timely updates regarding COVID-19 prevention efforts in the community, plus friendly reminders about official directives to ensure you're hALL in ... hALL the time.
Because being “hALL in” is something to be proud of, and to spread the word of this worthy cause, hALL in partners are encouraging pledges show their support by sharing posts available on official hALL in social networking sites, plus the toolkit items available on wearehALLin.com. Toolkit offerings include social media posts, flyers and more that can be easily downloaded and shared to any number of platforms.
Local governments encouraging their respective communities to take the hALL in pledge, who have taken the pledge themselves, include Hall County, as well as the cities of Gainesville, Braselton, Buford, Clermont, Gillsville, Lula and Oakwood. Organizations in support of the effort include, but are not limited to, Northeast Georgia Health System, parent company of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville and Braselton campuses; the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce; COVID-19 Community Leadership Coalition; Lake Lanier and Gainesville convention & visitors bureaus; etc.
To take the hALL in pledge today, simply visit wearehALLin.com. Scroll down the homepage until you see a “Take the Pledge” button on the left-hand side. Clicking this button will prompt you to fill out an online form, where Gainesville-Hall County representatives will receive your organization name, your organization’s website and category, as well as your name, title, email address and phone number, and whether you take the pledge to be hALL in against COVID-19. Only your organization’s name, website and category will be used to populate the “Who’s hALL in” page, which you can visit by selecting the “View Pledges” button, located opposite the “Take the Pledge” button on the right-hand side of the homepage. In addition to businesses and organizations, individuals may also take the pledge.
Clicking the “View Pledges” button will take you to the page where all pledges can be viewed alphabetically and researched. You’ll be able to see the business or organization name of official pledges, as well as their business type and website link (if applicable). It’s Gainesville-Hall County’s hope that visitors to this site, even if they don’t take the hALL in pledge, will be able to use the pledge information to know which businesses and/or organizations they plan on visiting require masks, social distancing and following of official COVID-19 directives.
WearehALLin.com is also a resource for frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19, as well as prevention techniques, press releases and more. Quick links to COVID-19 information distributed by the CDC, state and coronavirus.gov (White House) are also accessible at the bottom of the homepage.
For more information, send an email inquiry to wearehALLin@hallcounty.org.