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Over 300 Alexandria Businesses Pledge to Follow ALX Promise Program

The Alexandria Health Department created the safety program with assistance from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and Visit Alexandria

fibre girl outside of fibre space, 1319 Prince St. The store is a member of the ALX Promise program. (Zebra file photo by James Cullum)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The new safety program, ALX Promise, headed by the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) to help businesses reopen safely amid the pandemic. has been a hit in the community.. Since it began on May 23, over 300 businesses have joined. More than 80 have already completed the training.

The ALX Promise Shield can be seen in the windows or doors of restaurants and retail shops that have been approved by AHD as safe for both customers and employees. The program is completely voluntary, so this can serve as reassurance to residents and visitors that their health is top priority.

Image courtesy of Alexandria Health Department

As The Zebra reported late last month, to receive The ALX Promise Shield, businesses must complete the following steps:

1. Sign a pledge to follow all federal, state and local guidelines for reopening, including:

a) Following all proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures
b) Implementing physical distancing practices within their business
c) Requiring employees to wear appropriate protective gear and communicating an expectation that customers wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible

2. Complete AHD’s employee training, which includes guidance on consumer safety and alcoholic beverage regulations.

3. Complete an individual consultation with the Alexandria Health Department to ensure the business is prepared to reopen in a safe and welcoming way.

4. Agree to follow all future guidance as Alexandria enters new phases.

Some restaurant partners include Chadwicks, Cafe 44, and Virtue Feed & Grain. Retail partners include fibre space, King’s Jewelry, and Passionately Pets. For a complete list, click HERE.

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and Visit Alexandra joined AHD to create the program.

RELATED: Over 200 Alexandria Businesses Enrolled in New ALX Promise Safety Program

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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