NOLABA Secures 52,000 Masks for Local Businesses
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Business Alliance said it has secured 52,000 face coverings to help address the needs of local business owners and their employees as New Orleans proceeds with phase two of the city’s reopening. The washable and reusable masks will be divided between the Mayor’s office and the New Orleans City Council this week for distribution to businesses in need of personal protective equipment.
NOLABA said that as more employees are now heading back to work and customers begin frequenting local businesses, bars, restaurants, and casinos, it is imperative that all workers feel safe and comfortable in their environments. It is still possible that New Orleans could experience several waves of future outbreaks, and with health officials continuing to cite face coverings as the most effective tool in stopping further spread, ensuring all New Orleanians have access to them will be critical in returning to a sense of normalcy. NOLABA is proud to be able to provide this much-needed support and relief to hardworking business owners, many of whom are already facing extreme challenges.
Any local business or resident in need of masks may request them via the online registration form available at SewDat.com.
“While phase two has brought with it a welcome larger re-opening for many small businesses, it also presents a whole new set of challenges for business owners as they fulfill safety requirements,” said NOLABA President and CEO Quentin Messer, Jr. “We need to ‘mask up’ as a community and small businesses are working to comply yet cannot purchase masks in bulk. NOLABA recognized the situation and worked with the city and the New Orleans City Council to help small businesses protect their employees, customers and each other. With the distribution of these masks, we’re easing some of the financial burdens facing our small businesses as they reopen. Collectively, as we support small businesses by patronizing them while masking up and practicing social distancing, New Orleans will continue to move closer to the light at the end of this long and dark COVID-19 tunnel,”