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Mayor to Kick Off Voluntary Stay Safe Pledge Program for Pasadena Businesses

Published on Monday, September 20, 2021 | 6:18 am

Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo said he will announce the launch of the Stay Safe Pledge program on Monday.

The voluntary program 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. 

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.

Gordo will present the first certificate to restaurateur Gale Kohl, owner of Gale’s Italian Restaurant. 

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

 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  

For more information about the Stay Safe Pledge Program, visit

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