Signs of the times

Urban Street ambassadors with the Independence Avenue CID will be visiting gas stations along Independence Avenue today with sanitizing wipes and rubber gloves for patrons to use while pumping gas during the covid-19 virus outbreak.

Sanitizing wipes and rubber gloves will be available to those visiting gas stations along the Avenue to help stop the spread of the virus from the handles of the gas pumps. Gas pumps are handled by hundreds of people on a daily basis and could easily transmit the spread of the virus.

Abbas Bores, a clerk at the 7-11 store at Independence Ave and Woodland welcomes the extra attention to keeping things clean and sanitary. “It’s a good thing” he said. “You never know where someone has been so we appreciate the extra help from the CID.”

According to Mike Spady, Operations Manager at the CID, the goal is to have all of the gas stations along the Avenue staffed with at least one Urban Street Ambassador equipped with cleaning solution, wipes and gloves by close of business today.

“We want to support our business community by being as proactive as possible in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said Spady.

Tomorrow Urban Street Ambassadors will focus on staffing  grocery stores along the avenue to offer the same sanitizing services and equipment to quell the spread of the virus that may exist on the handles of shopping carts and baskets.

“We want to support our business community by being as proactive as possible in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said Spady.

The initiative will continue at least for the next two weeks to stop the spread of the virus. Spady indicated that extra people would be hired on a temporary basis to fully staff gas stations and grocery stores along the Avenue for as long as necessary.

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