SPOKANE, Wash. — For small businesses and nonprofits, the extra cost of supplying PPE can be the difference between staying open and shutting their doors permanently.
Spokane County and Greater Spokane Inc. are trying to reduce those barriers by giving masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant away for free, according to a press release from Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI.)
Small businesses in Spokane County with 49 or fewer employees qualify for the free PPE distribution event, according to the release.
The distribution will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Spokane County Fairgrounds.
Small businesses and nonprofits have to register ahead of time if they want to take part in the giveaway.
“This second round of PPE distribution is part of our ongoing effort to keep businesses and non-profits in our community providing their valuable services to our community. We saw such a need and appreciation for the PPE in our first round, it was clear that a second round would be well-received," said Chair of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners Al French.
"Businesses and non-profits throughout the region have exhibited their commitment to follow strict guidelines for use of PPE and sanitation practices. Everyone is doing their part to get our economy on its feet again. As a board we will join them on this journey and use every tool at our disposal to help our community recover," French said.