Local businesses responded in force to a recent program rolled out by Governor Herbert’s administration. On May 5th, the governor announced the launch of the “PPE Push Pack” program.

This program was designed to support small businesses with less than 50 employees as they transitioned to “moderate risk” COVID-19 protocols. Several Washington County businesses signed up to receive a Pack, showing eagerness to open their doors to the public while keeping both customers and employees safe.

The Washington County Emergency Services team, whose mission is to save lives, prevent injury, and protect property during disasters and other catastrophic events, took the distribution lead. 

Jason Bradley, Emergency Services Operations Manager, set up a point of distribution (POD) outside the Grafton Building at the Washington County Legacy Park. He and his team, which included several family members who volunteered to help, coordinated pick-up times with the Pack recipients.

Bradley stated he was expecting 130 different businesses on Friday with an additional 30 businesses on Monday.

The Packs include things like gloves, face-masks, and hand sanitizers, but each business was able to customize their order to fit their needs. 

“The most important thing is for our small businesses to open, but they need to follow the procedures that are in place,” said Bradley.

The County was excited to see many Southern Utah businesses request a PPE Pack. “The whole point is to make sure businesses have protective gear so they can open safely,” said Commissioner Gil Almquist.

“We want to get the economy up and running, but we want to do it in as safe a manner as possible.”

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