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New Site Provides Local Businesses Guidance On How To Safely Reopen

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CHAMPAIGN – A group of local organizations and municipalities has launched a new online resource — www.ChampaignCountySafe.org — to help Champaign County businesses as they prepare to re-open per state guidelines

The site provides a list of resources, including information about protective equipment and cleaning procedures, and best practices to keep employees and customers safe.

Sue Grey, president and CEO of the United Way of Champaign County, says the site is a great resource for both for-profit and non-profit businesses to help them open safely, and following best practices.

“If you ever have any questions, there’s also a place to go and get those answered,” Grey says.

Businesses are encouraged to take the Champaign County Safe Pledge, in which they promise to have employees wear masks, frequently wash hands, regularly clean and sanitize surfaces and practice social distancing.

Companies that make the pledge will be added to a list that the public can review.

As guidelines continue to evolve, the site and all resources will be updated. Businesses are encouraged to check the site for regular updates, as more information is shared by federal, state and local agencies.

Participating organizations include: City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Village of Mahomet, Village of Rantoul, Village of Savoy, Champaign County, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Parkland College, New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA, United Way of Champaign County, Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, University of Illinois Research Park, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, Visit Champaign County, Champaign Center Partnership, Urbana Business Association, and Champaign County Black Chamber of Commerce.

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Christine Herman

Christine Herman is a Ph.D. chemist turned audio journalist who covers health for the Illinois Newsroom. Her reporting for Illinois Public Media/WILL has received awards from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the Public Media Journalists Association and has reached both regional and national audiences through WILL's health reporting partnership with Side Effects Public Media, NPR and Kaiser Health News. Christine started at WILL in 2015.

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