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SB County program helps businesses deal with COVID-19

San Bernardino County’s Education, Engagement, and Enforcement Program, which is designed to help businesses cope with COVID-19, is apparently off to a solid start.

During its first two weeks, workers from Environmental Health Services visited approximately 1,650 businesses and got an “overwhelmingly positive” response from owners and managers, according to a statement on the county’s website.

“The vast majority of business operators appreciate that our team members are taking the time to explain various requirements for operating safely and in a COVID-compliant manner,” Supervisor Curt Hagman said in the statement. 

“They especially appreciate that we provide a variety of suggestions for implementing protective measures, with practical solutions for their particular facilities.”

The program’s first priority is high-risk businesses such as bars, restaurants, and gyms, but the health services team has also responded to reports of businesses that appear to be ignoring public health mandates.

The county plans to visit more than 2,000 businesses by the end of next week. About three percent of the county’s businesses are not complying with COVID-19 restrictions, according to the statement.

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