Utah’s Canyon Country businesses and San Juan County government agencies have teamed up to encourage visitors and residents alike to continue safe practices to fight COVID-19 and in turn any virally transmitted disease.
Three locations will be providing masks and other materials to businesses in the area free of charge. Distributions start as early as Tuesday May 26th in Blanding on the north side of the Public Health Building. The Blanding event will run from 11:00 AM to Noon.
On Wednesday May 27th distributions will be made in Bluff and Monticello between 11:00 and Noon.
The Bluff distribution will be in the parking lot of the Bluff community center. Monticello businesses and organizations will be able to pick up their San Juan Promise materials at the pavilion behind the Stake Center /Post Office in Monticello. All three events will be drive-thru distribution for convenience of participants.
The San Juan County Health Department and San Juan County’s Office of Economic Development and Visitor Services have been spearheading the campaign. The mission is to provide a way to show that those who have made the promise are doing all they can to maintain safe conditions for visitors and employees. And that those involved are providing the tools for everyone to keep up the safe practices that have kept San Juan County from being overwhelmed by an outbreak.
The Health Department pushed out a press release on May 5th explaining the promise. The San Juan Strong Promise is two-fold including 1) businesses & community
members and 2) customers & visitors.
Visitors will see posters and tent cards posted throughout San Juan communities and in business establishments. Additionally, visitors can see the commitments made by businesses to adhere to the San Juan Strong Promise with posted certifications. These certifications are obtained by the businesses completing a guideline checklist and submitting their signed commitment to adhere to the checklist to San Juan Public Health.
Kirk Benge, San Juan Public Health Director had this to say, “If we all work together to adhere to the basic principle of the promise we will be able to continue to maintain operations, keep our doors open, maintain the public health and minimize the impacts of COVID-19.”
The awareness campaign employing posters and tent cards throughout the county, will let customers know if they are in an establishment that has been briefed in safe practices to deal with the public in this delicate transition period. Conditions are still yellow and exercising caution will help to combat the possibility of an outbreak overwhelming San Juan Counties less than plentiful hospital facilities.
Studies have shown aerosol transmission of influenza can be reduced by 60-80% simply by using face masks. Transmission rates drop further with frequent hand washing. Sanitizing and wiping down commonly contacted surfaces can drop transmission rates to nearly zero. So offering free masks to customers or visitors who might unknowingly be spreading the virus is a pretty good first step in cutting down the chance of an event in San Juan County.
By taking the promise, businesses will get Personal Protective Equipment for employees and customers who might not have a mask with them.
Natalie Randall, Director of San Juan County Economic Development and Visitors Services stressed the need to be proactive on this front.
“While restrictions or recommendations may change, we want to let customers and visitors know that San Juan County businesses are open and that they go above and beyond to keep our communities safe; as well as healthy places to live, work, and visit.” Said Randall.
Once again the schedule for distribution and links for more information on the San Juan Promise are shown below.
Tues. May 26th 11:00am-noon
Location: North Side of the Public Health Building (700 S)
Wed. May 27th 11:00am-noon
Location: Pavilion behind the Stake Center/Post Office
Wed. May 27th 11:00am-noon
Location: Parking lot of the Community Center
*Note all distribution events are drive-thu. Please stay in your vehicles.
For more information on the San Juan Strong Promise, visit: http://tiny.cc/bau1oz