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  • Survey finds strong business support for employee, customer safety in reopening

    May 29, 2020 | Read More News
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    A Pima County-led survey covering community priorities for business reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic showed overwhelming support for sanitation, and employee and consumer health.
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    More than 600 small business owners and other community members participated in the survey, which was initiated as part of the County’s Back to Business efforts through the work of the Business and Employee Health and Wellness Subcommittee.  The Subcommittee included members of local chambers of commerce, business associations, foundations, retailers, service organizations, utilities, educators, and the Pima County Small Business Commission.

    Survey questions addressed issues such as which best practices are most important to reopening business, what resources are needed to safely reopen, and consistency of standards across jurisdictions.

    An overwhelming majority of respondents identified sanitation, and employee and consumer health as their largest areas of concern for safe reopening of business.

    Asked what resources are important for safe and successful reopening, more than 80 percent of survey participants identified cleaning materials as a top priority. Nearly as important was availability of Personal Protective Equipment, with more than 76 percent saying it was important for safe reopening.

    Respondents also strongly supported contact tracing to track people who may have come into contact with others infected with COVID-19. More than 77 percent of businesses participating in the survey supported contact tracing, which when employed in other parts of the world has proven effective in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

    In response to the priorities of the community identified through the survey and the work of the Back to Business Steering Committee and Subcommittees, Pima County has committed to additional community assistance measures. These include assisting with acquisition of critically short supply items, creation of webinar training courses on best practice safety measures, and coordinating with the County Superintendent of Schools and school districts to develop guidance to prepare schools for reopening safely.

    This survey built on the County’s larger Back to Business efforts, which incorporated 130 members of the community who participated in the Back to Business Steering Committee and five Subcommittees. 

    Nearly 9,000 community members participated in an earlier County poll, which gathered input on the community priorities for reopening businesses. Similar to the current survey, the majority of those who replied to the initial poll emphasized the need for worker and public safety as businesses prepare to reopen. 

    Read the memo and full survey results here.