Local businesses make ‘Safer Business Commitment’

Santa Clarita City Hall, as pictured on February, 26, 2020, is located on the 23900 block of Valencia Blvd. Dan Watson/The Signal
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By Mayor Cameron Smyth

Safety remains the number one priority in Santa Clarita. As we encourage our residents to support our local business community by shopping and eating locally, we want to ensure they are safe while doing so.

One way in which we are accomplishing this is through our Safer Business Commitment.

The Safer Business Commitment program was developed as a part of the City’s Shop Local initiative. Its purpose is to showcase the restaurants and businesses in our community who have agreed to follow safety guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

To “make the commitment,” businesses will simply visit VisitSanta
and complete the short form.

Establishments that choose to make the commitment today will join loca­tions such as The Old Town Junction, Slater’s 50/50, Montessori of North Park, Sunshine Learning Centers, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and more than 100 other businesses that are putting safety first.

(You can view the entire list of businesses who have made the commitment at the Safer Business Commitment website.)

Think of the more relaxed and com­fort­able experiences residents can have shopping locally when they know the business they’re supporting is committed to their safety!

The Safer Business Commitment safety guidelines include eight measures that we are asking local businesses to follow.

The guidelines include: using face coverings, practicing physical distancing, temperature checks for employees, providing hand sanitizer, intensifying cleaning and disinfection, implementing contactless payment when possible, providing COVID-19 awareness training for employees and ensuring employees and vendors stay home when feeling ill.

These easy-to-uphold guidelines help keep our community safe and restore confidence in shopping at local establishments. I greatly believe that the Safer Business Commitment is an important step to aiding our local economy and keeping the wonderfully unique set of businesses in our community thriving.

Our local businesses have shown resilience, innovation and adaptability in response to the current envi­ron­ment. I am so grateful for the essential workers at each of our local businesses who continue to support our community, even during unprecedented times.

If you own or work for a local business that has not “made the commitment” already, please consider doing so. Join a network of other local businesses committed to health and safety, while also receiving support and business resources from the City.

In addition, if you are a resident who is concerned about physically shopping or eating at a local establishment, our list of “committed” businesses may be a great place to start for you.

To “make the commitment” or to explore the list of “committed” businesses for your next local shopping experience, visit VisitSantaClarita.com/SaferBusinessCommitment

Mayor Cameron Smyth is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at csmyth@santa-
clarita.com. The views expressed in his column are those of the City and do not necessarily reflect those of The Signal. 

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