As some local businesses, including dine-in restaurants and small retail, prepare to reopen, the City of Sacramento is distributing 800,000 masks provided by the California Department of Public Health to help provide a safe experience for staff and patrons while adhering to public health recommendations.

Anglea Lowe, the office administrator for the California Black Chamber of Commerce’s Arden Arcade office, wears one of 10,000 face masks members of the staff picked up this week. (Photo by Antonio)

The City has partnered with local chambers of commerce, Property Business Improvement Districts (PBIDs) and neighborhood associations to distribute masks to their businesses. Businesses are asked to contact organizations they are a part of to coordinate mask pickup.

“It’s time to start reopening our economy so our small businesses and working people can get back to earning a living, supporting their families and helping our city thrive,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “Providing protective equipment to our small businesses and their employees will allow them to go back to work with greater peace of mind.”
Sacramento businesses can receive 10 free masks per employee.

On the first day of distribution, member of KDEE 97.5 FM radio’s “Street Team” picked up a shipment of the face masks from the California Transportation Department for the California Black Chamber of Commerce.
“We received 10,000 face masks for businesses in Sacramento,” said CBCC President and CEO Jay King. “Each employers’ employees will get 10 face masks each.”

In addition, independent businesses not associated with a chamber or PBID can pick up masks at three Sacramento community centers by dropping by during curbside pickup hours or by calling 311 to find their nearest center. (311 operators will inform callers of the nearest community center and how to contact the center directly to schedule an appointment.)

The three community centers are:

  • Belle Cooledge Community Center (5699 South Land Park Drive)
  • Coloma Community Center (4623 T St.)
  • South Natomas Community Center (2921 Truxel Road)

Drop-by curbside pickup hours at these community centers are from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday (excluding Memorial Day). The community centers also are distributing masks via appointments from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Recipients will not need to exit their vehicles to receive their masks, and signage will direct them at each location.

Businesses will be asked to provide a business name, address, business operating tax certificate number, a point of contact and the number of masks received. Masks are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

“I am proud of the hard work across several City departments and the partnership with our community organizations to get these face coverings distributed to businesses across the City,” said Daniel Bowers, Director of Emergency Management.

Distribution partners with the City include:

  • California Black Chamber of Commerce
  • East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Sacramento Vietnamese Chamber
  • Natomas Chamber of Commerce
  • North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce
  • Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
  • Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
  • Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Slavic-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Capitol Area Development Authority
  • Capitol Area R St Association
  • Del Paso Property Business Improvement District
  • Downtown Sacramento Partnership
  • Florin Road Partnership
  • Folsom Blvd Alliance
  • Franklin Blvd Business District
  • Greater Broadway Partnership Business Improvement District
  • Mack Road Partnership
  • Midtown Association
  • Oak Park Business District
  • Old Sacramento Waterfront Association
  • Power Inn Alliance
  • R St Sacramento Partnership
  • Sac IEDC
  • Sierra Health Foundation
  • Stockton Property Business Improvement District
  • The River District
  • Old Sacramento Business Association
  • Alhambra Property Improvement District
  • Watt Ave PBID

By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer