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Mayor Kicks Off Voluntary Stay Safe Pledge Program

Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 6:24 am
 

Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo presented the first certificate in the Stay Safe Pledge Program to Gale Kohl, owner of Gale’s Italian Restaurant on Monday. 

The voluntary program, which was launched Monday,  supports the health of workers and customers, as well as the local economy, and encourages local businesses to go above and beyond the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) COVID safety guidelines to demonstrate their commitment to the safety and well-being of all Pasadena residents and visitors. 

“I am proud to announce the launch of the Stay Safe Pledge Program and encourage our local businesses to go above and beyond CDC Covid-19 guidelines to demonstrate their commitment to their staff, our community, and visitors,” Gordo said.  “Many of our local restaurants and businesses already meet or exceed the guidelines, this program publicly recognizes their efforts and encourages more businesses to join in.”

According to the city’s website, “to participate in the Stay Safe Pledge Program, business operators will need to sign a pledge to implement at least one measure that exceeds current CDC guidance.”

The pledge form is a simple web-based checklist. Upon completion of the pledge form, businesses will receive an email containing a certificate of their participation in the Stay Safe Pledge Program from the city of Pasadena.

Businesses are free to share or promote their status in the Stay Safe Pledge Program on their social media and marketing collateral. In exchange for signing the pledge, businesses will be included in the Stay Safe Pledge Program directory on the Visit Pasadena website. The program, and its participants, will be highlighted in an ad in a local publication.

Officials said The Langham, Huntington and Kidspace Children’s Museum have already signed on to the pledge.

Gordo floated the idea last month at a City Council meeting. The opt-in program includes presenting a placard to participating businesses indicating vaccinated staff members were following city guidelines.

As part of the program, local businesses may choose whether participation in the program makes sense for their individual operations. The Stay Safe Pledge Program provides businesses an opportunity to communicate to their customers the ways that they are exceeding existing CDC guidelines and demonstrate their commitment to public health standards.

The city is not forcing restaurants to vaccinate their workers as part of the program. 

To participate in the Stay Safe Pledge Program, business operators need to sign a pledge to implement certain measures that exceed current CDC COVID safety guidelines. 

The pledge form is a web-based checklist located online at www.cityofpasadena.net/stay-safe-pledge.

 

After completing the pledge form, businesses will receive a certificate confirmation from the city of Pasadena.

In exchange for signing the pledge, businesses will be included in the Stay Safe Pledge Program Directory and highlighted in an ad in a local publication. 

The public will be able to view a list of the participating businesses at visitpasadena.com/staysafe.  

For more information about the Stay Safe Pledge Program, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/stay-safe-pledge

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