Riverton City and the South Valley Chamber are pleased to announce the launch of a new program to offer free face masks to businesses licensed commercially in Riverton. The goal of the program is to get masks to businesses who can then offer them to any customer who enters their premises without a mask, rather than turning the customer away.
“We want to provide free face masks to our businesses to help alleviate some of the pressure they are feeling and help them avoid situations where potential customers walk out the door due to the countywide mandate because they don’t have a mask,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. “This program will encourage responsible behavior and aligns with our goal of facilitating an environment in Riverton where public health and economic health aren’t mutually exclusive.”
Businesses interested in receiving free masks can submit their request at rivertonutah.gov/masks. In the first round of distribution, masks will be limited to 100 per business and will be distributed in bundles of 50. Riverton City plans to submit expenses incurred from the program for reimbursement under the CARES Act.
“This new program aligns strategically with the statewide Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign,” said Greg Summerhays, president and CEO of the South Valley Chamber. “We are actively encouraging businesses in the south valley area to do all they can to follow the state’s COVID-19 prevention guidelines so that we avoid any future shutdowns.”
Local businesses are encouraged to take the Safety Pledge as part of the Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign to demonstrate to employees and customers their commitment to help slow the spread of COVID-19 at stayopenutah.com.
Photo Caption: Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs presented Salsa Leedos General Manager Jake Bright and Owner Travis Bonino with the first box of face masks issued through the new program.