Business coalition says you should #MaskUp

DeKalb County UNITES, a business coalition made up of countywide business owners, chamber of commerce representatives and residents is calling on all to wear masks as the community prepares to enter Phase 3 of a statewide reopen plan.

Using the hashtag #MaskUp in a news release, the UNITES group says wearing face masks or coverings while out and about will help small businesses operate safely.

“Small business owners are breathing a partial sigh of relief as the State of Illinois moves into Phase 3: Recovery, allowing many businesses to open with pandemic safety precautions including face coverings and social distancing,” the group states in the news release.” DeKalb County UNITES is encouraging community members to help small businesses operate safely by reminding people to #MaskUp. “

The #MaskUp campaign “injects some fun” into the state requirement that face coverings be worn in public places as the state continues to monitor health metrics surrounding COVID-19.

“Small businesses are eager to welcome customers and friends back but they must do so safely and in accordance with state public health guidelines,” the release states.

To encourage business owners and residents to take the regulations seriously, small posters with the words “Be a Superhero” are available for free to small businesses at the DeKalb, Sycamore, Genoa and Sandwich chambers of commerce.  

UNITES has also compiled a collection of helpful suggestions for business owners to manage implementation of masking and other safety guidelines. All of these resources are available online at www.dekalbcountyunites.com/maskup.

Since its inception when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, DeKalb County UNITES has focused on helping small businesses “navigate the new normal,” the release states.

For more information about #MaskUp DeKalb County, visit www.dekalbcountyunites.com.

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