He said the county also bought 500 hand sanitizing stations that will be used for events, like the 50 stations that were set up at the recent Butler County Fair, businesses and other high traffic areas.
They are spreading the directives Health Commissioner Jennifer Bailer has been stressing from the beginning.
“We’re reinforcing the wearing of masks, practicing social distancing and washing hands,” Hecquet said. “It’s the same message, they are the ones that Jenny continues to feel are the most important messages right now. If that changes we’ll adapt the promotion accordingly.”
The effort is all about keeping people safe and healthy but it is also aimed at helping all the struggling businesses that were “decimated” during the shutdown, according to Hecquet.
Emergency Management Agency Director Matt Haverkos said officials plan to give people information they need in terms of safety, like where to get masks and hand sanitizer in-county, to the latest directives from health professionals and other pertinent information.
“One of the pieces I think that it’s also really going provide is real time information to not only our businesses but our residents as this evolves,” Haverkos said. “As we’re watching with schools and sports right now, there is so much up and down from two weeks ago to what it’s going to be two weeks from now and trying to work through an ever changing situation, so folks know here’s where the information can be found.”
Dan Bates, president and CEO of the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, said providing this information should help business owners who have been overwhelmed with trying to stay afloat and also making sure they are in strict compliance with all the guidelines.
If people are policing themselves in terms of wearing masks and staying six feet apart from others, that’s one less worry and the businesses can stay open.
He said the clear, strong message from the county will make it “cool” to be conscientious.
“There is a certain group that comply, there is a certain group that is defying and then there is another group that’s in the middle that complies when they’re pressured,” Bates said. “I think what this does is we’re trying to make it cool to comply. We’re trying to create, this is the norm this is what everybody else is doing.”
He said he hates wearing his mask but he does it because it is the right thing to do.
“For me it’s about keeping the businesses open,” he said. “Anything that we can do to keep the businesses open and make the consumers feel safe, I think a lot of this is about consumer confidence.”