City to distribute 800,000 masks to Sacramento businesses

Masks provided by California Department of Public Health to support local businesses as Sacramento begins to move further into Phase 2 of reopening

Sacramento, May 21 (Punjab Mail) – As some local businesses, including dine-in restaurants and small retail, prepare to reopen, the City of Sacramento is distributing 800,000 masks provided by the California Department of Public Health to help provide a safe experience for staff and patrons while adhering to public health recommendations.

“It’s time to start reopening our economy so our small businesses and working people can get back to earning a living, supporting their families and helping our city thrive,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “At the same time, we need to make sure we reopen the right way so we don’t have a surge of infections that would force us to retreat. Providing protective equipment to our small businesses and their employees will allow them to go back to work with greater peace of mind.”

“The City of Sacramento is working to help our business community restart after the almost three-month closure of nearly every business in the state,” said Vice Mayor Jeff Harris. “Today, we are providing face masks for local businesses to ensure employees and customers are safe.”

The City has partnered with local chambers of commerce, Property Business Improvement Districts (PBIDs) and neighborhood associations to distribute masks to their businesses. Businesses are asked to contact organizations they are a part of to coordinate mask pickup.

In addition, independent businesses not associated with a chamber or PBID can pick up masks at three Sacramento community centers by dropping by during curbside pickup hours or by calling 311 to find their nearest center. (311 operators will inform callers of the nearest community center and how to contact the center directly to schedule an appointment.)

The three community centers are:

  • Belle Cooledge Community Center (5699 South Land Park Drive)
  • Coloma Community Center (4623 T St.)
  • South Natomas Community Center (2921 Truxel Road)

Drop-by curbside pickup hours at these community centers are from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday (excluding Memorial Day). The community centers also are distributing masks via appointments from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Recipients will not need to exit their vehicles to receive their masks, and signage will direct them at each location.

Sacramento businesses can receive 10 free disposable masks per employee. All businesses will be given a one-time allocation. Businesses will be asked to provide a business name, address, business operating tax certificate number, a point of contact and the number of masks received. Masks are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

“I am proud of the hard work across several City departments and the partnership with our community organizations to get these face coverings distributed to businesses across the City,” said Daniel Bowers, Director of Emergency Management.