New program to provide free masks and gloves to small businesses

Governor Kate Brown announced on Wednesday a new program to provide masks and gloves to small business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 10:50 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- Governor Kate Brown announced on Wednesday a new program to provide masks and gloves to small business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor, in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of protective supplies.

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees that are headquartered in Oregon with principal operations in Oregon are eligible. Businesses with fewer than 10 employees will receive a box of 200 gloves and 100 masks, with larger businesses receiving up to 500 masks and 800 gloves. For now, businesses are limited to one order, with additional orders possible at a later date depending on availability.

“We want our businesses to be able to operate in the safest manner possible right now so that we can get out of this health crisis, and get them back to full operations,” said Brown. “Our small businesses are the hardest hit, so we want to help them get the tools they need at no cost to them.”

The order form is online and is now accepting orders. Businesses and child care providers can access the form here.

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