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Tampa businesses band together to keep customers safe as COVID-19 cases rise

Posted at 4:12 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 18:22:50-05

TAMPA, Fla. — As COVID-19 numbers rise across the country and Florida, seven local businesses have banded together to keep their customers safe and their doors open.

They formed a new initiative called "Safe and Sound."

"There's hundreds of thousands that have died from this, and [more] that are still sick or still experiencing symptoms after recovering," said Clay Parkinson.

Parkinson is the general manager of New World Brewery.

"You pass 11 signs that say mask required before you even get to the bar," said Parkinson.

Customers will also notice a trail of social distancing signs on the ground and three big bottles of hand sanitizer in three different locations.

"We have to be safe," Parkinson said.

This is all part of their "Safe and Sound" initiative.

The other businesses a part of this initiative are: Independent Bar & Cafe, Hooch & Hive, Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, Shuffle, The Hub and Crowbar.

"We hold each other accountable to make sure masks are worn at all times, tables are spaced properly and we're able to provide a fun and safe space for people to have a sense of normalcy," said Parkinson.

Most of their customers appreciate the steps they've taken, according to Parkinson.

"It's a good thing for now. I feel comfortable," said Linda Allen, using the hand sanitizer as she walked into the bar.

Parkinson said more businesses are welcome to join their initiative as long as you "strictly enforce masks, social distancing and limited capacity."