Detail of Pasadena’s program to highlight businesses ready for COVID-19 – Pasadena Star News

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Pasadena’s businesses “going beyond” to tackle the spread of the coronavirus in the community will now be highlighted in a new program that officials say will boost economic activity, increase vaccination rates and provide relief from the disease. minds of consumers.

First proposed by Mayor Victor Gordo in August, Pasadena launched its Stay Safe Pledge program on Monday, September 20 at Italian restaurant Gale, where dignitaries and restaurant workers gathered to be awarded the city’s first coronavirus safety certification.

  • Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo announces the launch of the Stay Safe Pledge, a volunteer program that helps local businesses go beyond CDC’s COVID safety guidelines, at Gale’s Restaurant with owner Gale Kohl and Chef Leo Castillo in Pasadena on Monday, September 20, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)

  • Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo announces the launch of the Stay Safe Pledge, a volunteer program that helps local businesses go beyond the CDC’s COVID safety guidelines, at Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena on Monday, September 20, 2021. ( Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)

  • Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo announces the launch of the Stay Safe Pledge, a volunteer program that helps local businesses go beyond the CDC’s COVID safety guidelines, at Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena on Monday, September 20, 2021. ( Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)

  • Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo announces the launch of the Stay Safe Pledge, a volunteer program that helps local businesses go beyond CDC’s COVID safety guidelines, at Gale’s Restaurant with owner Gale Kohl and Chef Leo Castillo in Pasadena on Monday, September 20, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)

The Stay Safe commitment requires companies to create and adopt protocols that specifically prioritize the health and safety of employees as well as customers. A full list of conditions, which exceed the coronavirus-related recommendations outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is available online.

Participation in the program is voluntary, but participants will be included in the Stay Safe Pledge program directory and featured in an advertisement, Gordo therefore sees inclusion as a benefit for everyone in the community.

“I think this gives our Pasadena businesses an even greater competitive advantage, as people across the region and other cities are learning that the Pasadena business community is going the extra mile to keep everyone safe. shop, dine and play here, ”Gordo said in an interview after urging the state to follow suit. “This will give us an advantage in attracting employees who may be afraid of the working conditions in which they will be. “

Gale Kohl, owner of the local family-style restaurant, said in a separate interview that she didn’t expect the engagement program to kick off so quickly, but she is thrilled to be the first recipient.

With dozens of patrons for decades still keen to wear masks and eat out, Kohl said his older clientele are heading specifically to the restaurant “because of the precautions we take. So I know they’re going to love to see that we’ve made the commitment.

Gordo believes there are many in the community who have a similar mindset, which is why he is working hard to ensure that other sectors of Pasadena’s economy are involved in the efforts.

The Langham, Huntington and Kidspace Children’s Museum have signed the pledge, city officials said at the event, with more to follow in the coming days.

“If you think back to where we were when the closures were announced again, it was panic,” said Gordo, recalling the many meetings he had with restaurateurs who were concerned about this. that the ad meant to them.

“As always, we got through this thanks to the 86% of our residents who came together to get vaccinated, but we must not forget that we are still in the midst of a pandemic and that we must stay one step ahead” , he added. “And that’s what it is: we have to keep moving forward or else we’ll start falling behind again.” “


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