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Redding Chamber Joins Statewide Coalition for Safe Reopening of Business

CALIFORNIA COALITION FOR SAFE RE-OPENING PRESENTS SOLUTIONS FOR SECURE AND SUSTAINED REOPENING OF BUSINESS
COALITION OF CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS INSIST CALIFORNIA CREATE LONG-TERM REOPENING PLANS, SIMPLE AND ENFORCEABLE PROTOCOLS AND SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES EVISCERATED BY CLOSURE ORDERS

Following Governor Newsom’s order to close indoor dining and operations for restaurants in 19 counties, shortly after reopening, and the expansion to include nail salons, gyms and fitness centers, places of worship, barbershops and hair salons, malls and non-critical offices in counties on the watchlist, a coalition of Chambers of Commerce and business associations throughout the state came together to formulate proposals for reopening California businesses in a logical and methodical manner that maintains the safety and health of customers, workers and the public.

Confident business people with masks onThe California Coalition for Safe Re-Opening, building on previous efforts, proposed a Three Point Economic and Public Health Recovery Plan – immediate measures that should be considered prior to any more business shutdowns. With further closures and an expansion of previous closures coming in the weeks to follow, our 3 points below are more important now than ever.

Those measures include:

1. Expanded resources and empowerment of local authority in COVID-19 code enforcement and public safety agencies to supplement State & County Health inspection of businesses, schools, places of worship and other non-profits to help ensure safe re-openings.

2. Creation of a Safe Re-Opening Taskforce that would work directly with the State, County and Local officials to identify sustainable and long-term solutions to open and remain open during COVID-19. This would include mandatory rapid testing sites, recovery centers and implementation of a COVID-Safe Certification program which includes COVID Safe training for employees, PPE supplies and protocols instituted and implemented, spaces reconfigured for safe seating, protective barriers, and new technology and ventilation systems.

3. The creation of a California COVID-19 Emergency Business Interruption Fund to provide grants to businesses to cover expenses related to safe reopening in June 2020, as well as all losses including displaced revenue related to the July 1st future unanticipated closure orders.
The Coalition emerged over the last few months through unprecedented dialogue among local businesses, organizations and chambers throughout California, and their members, who, while understanding the necessity of closure orders in March, are frustrated with the lack of coordination of re-openings and the haphazard recent closure orders. The Coalition urges local and county governments to support the effort to promote safe, organized, methodical and long-term reopening schedules.
This coalition is the latest in a long line of efforts we are making to represent the best interests of businesses throughout Shasta County. In fact, on the local level this week we hosted a virtual town hall meeting with Assemblywoman Megan Dahle, during which she encouraged local business people adversely affected by the governor’s recent shutdown order to tell their story by clicking THIS LINK. If you would like to share your story, please do so. This effort is to amplify the north state business voice in Sacramento.
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