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Fresno starts PPE donation campaign for small businesses

The City of Fresno is assisting small businesses with a personal protective equipment (PPE) donation campaign. 

Mayor Lee Brand announced the campaign on Monday as small businesses begin to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The city will provide the initial donation of 10,000 disposable surgical masks for businesses to hand out to their customers and 4,000 cloth masks for employees. 

“We recognize that many small businesses want to re-open but are unable to provide facial coverings that are essential for everyone’s health and safety,” said Brand in a press release. 

“Masks and other personal protective equipment are an important part of managing the spread of COVID-19, so it’s important for the city to step up and donate masks to the businesses most impacted by this pandemic so our citizens stay healthy and our economy can get moving again.” 

Fresno’s emergency Order 2020-17 requires employees and customers to wear facemasks inside businesses. 

The city is asking small businesses that need a PPE donation to contact the city’s Code Enforcement Department at 559-621-8400.

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.