Due to the hard work of several dedicated people in Inyo County’s Administration and Public Health Departments, many local businesses are one step closer to being open.  On Friday, 5/15, Inyo County received approval from the California Department of Public Health to move into the next phase of Stage 2 in the Governor’s 4 Stage reopening plan.  Inyo County Staff worked throughout last weekend to issue approval letters to several businesses.  Before opening, each business must complete an industry-specific safety checklist and submit an attestation – a form that promises you’ll comply with all required safety guidelines to prevent further spread of COVID-19.  Inyo County has made this process as easy as possible and it’s all online here.
Note:  Even essential businesses that have remained open since the beginning of the pandemic are required to complete the checklist and attestation form.
If your businesses has completed the process and received Inyo County approval, please email us to let us know so we can update the “open” page on the chamber website.
Businesses in Stages 3 & 4 such as hospitality, personal services and events should be taking steps NOW to prepare for re-opening.  Have you purchased face coverings for your staff and/or customers?  Have you revised your cleaning protocols?  Have you arranged your facility to allow for proper physical distancing?  Have you created signage that lets your employees and customers know about new policies?
We have some good local resources to help you get “OPEN READY” – 
Mission Janitorial – great local resource for commercial cleaning products and professional advice on proper use.  Email ssymons@missionjanitorial.com
Mission Linen – great local resource for washable antimicrobial masks and disposables as well.  Email bchasey@missionlinen.com
Creative Image Embroidery – another terrific local resource for cloth masks, and they can be embroidered with staff names.  Call Melinda (760) 924-0500.
Owens Valley Distilling Company is creating sanitizer available for bulk purchase at $1 per ounce.  Businesses who want to order sanitizer should email ovdcompany@gmail.comand will be contacted when a batch is available.  Bulk bottles are available at 25oz (for$25) or bring your own bottle to refill.
We hope you find the information here useful and we have created a Coronavirus resource section.
Feel free to reach out if we can assist your business in any way.
Take Good Care,
Tawni Thomson
Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center