Fort Worth small and medium businesses are receiving major aid in the form of free masks. Thanks to the city of Fort Worth and the local Chamber of Commerce, many businesses can receive a box of masks for their employees and customers.
Starting this past Wednesday, multiple locations including the city’s six library branches, in Scott Plaza and at the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center on South Freeway began handing out boxes containing 50 masks to local businesses at no cost. Each business is allowed to take up to 250 masks.
This free giveaway is an effort to help protect employees and customers throughout the city. As city and state guidelines seem to change from day to day, small and medium businesses can definitely use the helping hand with additional masks to ensure everyone has one readily available.
Most of the funding for this initiative comes from the federal CARES act, which the city turned into a grant for the program.
Robert Sturns, the economic development director for Fort Worth said this in an interview, “Obviously we know our businesses are struggling to provide the PPE for the customers and their employees so this is just an opportunity for us utilizing CARES dollars to provide this service for them so they can follow the guidelines that have been set by the state and by the city.”
The city handed out more than 250,000 total masks, making this effort a success at helping make a difference. At this point, any amount is helpful.
Although the city has given out all they had currently, another distribution day in the weeks ahead is being planned.
Back in May, Arlington provided a similar program to help restaurant employees by handing out over 250,000 masks as well. Every participating restaurant received two masks per employee. This program was part of Tarrant County’s Roadmap to Reopen and Recover plans.
You can learn more about the next distribution day at fortworth.com. So far, besides a business card, you will have to also provide your name, email, and business name.
As we head into June and the upcoming months, uncertainty is still up in the air. Which means we will continue to keep you informed about what is happening around the DFW. Keep up to date with what’s happening around the metroplex and what great things you can do during the week. Also, don’t forget to plan your Fourth of July weekend here.