CLIFTON PARK -- The Clifton Park Industrial Development Agency is set to donate thousands of dollars in disposable face masks to local town businesses to help in their reopening process from the COVID-19 closures, the agency said Thursday.
The goal is to help the businesses with the equipment needed to safely reopen, especially when such masks can continue to be difficult to get in the quantities businesses need at prices that are workable, the agency said.
With that, the IDA gave unanimous support to provide direct assistance and donations to the small business community by allocating $35,000 in fund balance to purchase masks to be donated to businesses for employee use, the agency said.
"Due to the combined purchasing power in partnership with Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett, the IDA was able to procure a significant quantity of disposable face masks that the IDA will be making available to small businesses in Clifton Park upon request," a release reads.
The Capital Region remains in Phase 1 of the state's reopening plan. More businesses are expected to come online when the region hits Phase 2, which could be in the near future.
Clifton Park businesses interested in receiving masks should email [email protected] and include business name, contact person, number of employees, number of masks required for 90 days of operation and expected reopening date.
Full 90-day supplies can't be guaranteed, but the initial goal is to provide an initial 30-day supply and re-supply when able.
"It is the hope of the IDA that the ready availability of this PPE will provide some relief and one less thing for business owners to worry about as they prepare their businesses to re-open to the public as we re-energize the retail, hospitality and dining sectors in the area," IDA chair Jonathan Schopf said in a statement.