Arvada businesses can pick up free personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, paper towels, masks, disinfectant, rubbing alcohol and infrared thermometers through a new summer offering. …
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Arvada businesses can pick up free personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, paper towels, masks, disinfectant, rubbing alcohol and infrared thermometers through a new summer offering.
The city of Arvada has ordered the PPE in bulk using CARES Act funding and is working to distribute the items with the Arvada Resiliency Taskforce, a group made up of numerous community organizations including the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, Arvada Visitor’s Center and others.
The groups have also partnered with environmental contractor Custom Environmental Services, which is headquartered in Arvada, to store the PPE prior to distribution.
Any business that has an Arvada business license can sign up to receive the equipment they need. Businesses must fill out a liability release form and application prior to picking up supplies and can access the forms at the Arvada Chamber’s website, arvadachamber.org.
After filling out an application, businesses will be given a date, time and location for pickup. The city and taskforce plan to continue distributing the PPE twice a week for several weeks as long as the need continues, said Jean Gordon, executive director with the Arvada Visitor’s Center.
Businesses will likely be able to come back to pick up a second PPE kit at some point, with the frequency of how often a business can return still to be determined, she said. In addition to what has already been provided, the taskforce and city also hope to acquire other PPE items based on feedback from businesses.
On the first day of the distribution, July 6, the taskforce was expecting around 50 businesses, Gordon said.
“We’re helping them get things they can’t find and offering cost savings,” she said. “We’re so happy to be able to support businesses in this way.”
Businesses who came to pick up the supplies said they view the PPE as a necessity for their businesses to stay open during the ongoing pandemic.
“We need it to keep everyone safe, our employees and our customers, in order to keep our doors open,” said Brandon Pickering, general manager at Pickering’s Auto Service.
Rita Lawrence, a co-owner of All Secure Lock and Security, echoed the sentiment.
“It’s really hard to find other places where they have these things,” she said. “For them to be able to procure this and help us out is really cool.”
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