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  • Pima County partnering with Downtown Tucson Partnership to distribute Personal Protective Equipment

    Jun 24, 2020 | Read More News
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    Pima County and Downtown Tucson Partnership are teaming up to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local downtown businesses in the Business Improvement District (BID) in an effort to speed their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    This program is part of a larger partnership agreement between Pima County and DTP to help local businesses safely and successfully reopen. The partnership will serve as a model for the Restaurant kitchenCounty to help other merchants and business districts successfully reopen.

    The ability to procure PPE is critical, said Kathleen Eriksen, DTP’s president and chief executive officer, given the decision June 19 of the Pima County Board of Supervisors to enact a countywide public health resolution requiring that face coverings be worn  in public if six feet of physical distancing can’t be maintained. 

    The Board took the action on the advice of the Back to Business Road to Recovery subcommittee, which comprises public health experts and physicians who specifically noted their concern about the recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases in the county. The rule is effective immediately and applies to everyone over the age of 5.

    “We applaud Pima County officials for putting the safety of the public first,” Eriksen said. “We realize, though, that some businesses may need support in acquiring non-medical PPE such as face masks, sanitizer, and gloves for their employees until supply chains stabilize. That’s why we’re excited to partner with the County on this pilot effort to distribute PPE to local downtown businesses.”

    All businesses are encouraged to try and procure PPE on their own. The DPT effort is designed to serve as an alternative for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. A number of businesses have already taken advantage of the PPE offer.  

    For more information on the partnership at DowntownTucson.org.