County Offers Free Virus Protection to Small Businesses

NORRISTOWN PA – Small businesses – those that employ 50 or fewer people – across Montgomery County can take advantage of a new program that offers free personal equipment providing protection against the coronavirus. It’s intended to keep business owners, workers, and their families safe and sustainably productive, the county Board of Commissioners says.

Each kit (at top) contains a contactless thermometer, five reusable face masks, five face shields, five bottles of hand sanitizer, five containers of disinfectant wipes, a #MaskUpMontco window cling, a #MaskUpMontco floor sticker and literature from the National Centers for Disease Control, a set of Safety Procedure Guidelines for Businesses, and other documentation.

Equipment distribution began this month and continues through November, under a partnership involving the recently formed Alliance of Montgomery County Chambers of Commerce, the county Commerce Department, and the county Office of Public Health. Alliance membership includes the Perkiomen Valley, Spring-Ford, TriCounty Area, and Upper Perkiomen Valley chambers of commerces, as well as six other chamber groups.

“We are committed to helping as many businesses, families, and industries as possible endure the financial hardship caused by the pandemic,” board Chair Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh said, in part because “our local chamber members’ investments, support, and expertise have enabled us to provide critical service to our region during the COVID-19″ crisis, she added.

Kits will be supplied at no cost to cover workers. Businesses need not be chamber members to qualify. County commissioners purchased 12,000 kits using an allocation of its federal CARES Act funding. The county said it expects to update its supply inventory weekly. Business owners are urged to contact the chamber in their area to determine when its distributions will be held.

“Providing these supplies to small businesses saves them time and money they’d otherwise use to procure PPE, and allows them to do what they do best: keep their businesses going,” county Director of Commerce David Zellers Jr. noted. “We’re grateful and appreciative of the help from the alliance … to get these kits out into all of our communities.”

Photo by the Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce