Yesterday, the Woodhaven Business Improvement District (BID) teamed up with the Queens Chamber of Commerce for an event that provided local businesses with free masks and other PPE.
The masks came as part of a donation of more than 500,000 protective face masks to the Chamber from NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), which is facilitating an effort to distribute more than 4 million face coverings to small businesses across the city. The Chamber had previously distributed 200,000 masks as part of this initiative.
“Small businesses are the backbone of Queens and they have been among the hardest hit by COVID-19, here in the epicenter of the epicenter of the pandemic,” said Chamber President and CEO Tom Grech. “It is essential that we help them navigate this reopening safely, so we can get Queens back to business.”
Participating businesses received 5 masks per employee, in addition to a flyer directing them to further resources and guidance on safety measures as NYC reopens, courtesy of SBS.
“We are truly grateful for this opportunity to show our steadfast support for the Queens business community,” said Raquel Olivares, executive director of Woodhaven BID. “This is a critical time for small businesses, and we must all do our part—owners, staff, customers—to ensure a swift and safe reopening period for them.”
For more information on how small businesses citywide can still receive free face masks, visit: www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/free-face-coverings