This Window Decal Says: My Business Takes Coronavirus Seriously
What if there was a window decal that let you know if your favorite restaurant or hair salon was taking coronavirus precautions seriously? Well in San Bernardino County, there is.
The COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program gives small businesses two important things in exchange for complying with state public health guidelines: $2,500 and a window decal.
"People are really concerned about their health," said Felisa Cardona, a public information officer with San Bernardino County. "And we know that if they see a sign from the county that says this business is COVID-19 compliant, it gives them the confidence they might need to shop there."
Heather Perry, whose family owns Klatch Coffee, a small roaster and café with locations in the Inland Empire, Orange County, Pasadena and San Francisco, says the window decal helps employees feel empowered to ask customers to wear masks.
"Our goal is to make everybody feel comfortable when they come in. And that sign helps to signal, 'hey, we take this seriously, we’re going to ask you to take these precautions and we’re going to take these precautions, as well,'" she said.
San Bernardino County has already approved nearly 3,000 small businesses for the program, and is still accepting applications. The program is funded with $30 million from the CARES Act, the federal coronavirus stimulus package.