Mayor Stoney announces city will distribute 500 PPE supply kits to small businesses


Mayor Stoney announced today the City of Richmond has invested $250,000 in its most recent show of support for the small business community, offering 500 PPE supply kits for pickup at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. 

Any business within the Richmond city limits is eligible to sign up to pick up a kit on Monday, January 11 or Thursday, January 14. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, city staff will be outside the 5th Street entrance to the Convention Center to distribute supply kits to business owners. 

“Richmond’s small businesses have prioritized staff and customer health and safety throughout the pandemic,” said Mayor Stoney. “I hope the ongoing support from my administration, whether in the form of PPE kits or recovery grants, shows them just how important they are to this city.”

The kits will include three bottles of spray disinfectant, a gallon jug of disinfectant, a disinfectant wipe dispenser, 1,800 disinfectant wipes, a gallon jug of hand wash, two gallon jugs of hand sanitizer, two boxes of nitrile gloves and 100 masks. The kits are specifically designed for small businesses to provide as safe as possible an experience for employees and customers. 

“Nearly a year into this pandemic, the need for PPE is still very real for Richmond businesses,” said Policy Advisor and distribution coordinator Jason Alley. “For the sake of employers, employees and customers alike, safety must always come first.”

To facilitate seamless and quick pickup, interested parties are asked to preregister here. Supplies are limited, and those who fail to preregister are not guaranteed a supply kit. 

Upon pickup, small business representatives must verify that their business is located in the City of Richmond by providing a copy of their business license, receipt of application for a business license, utility bill statement, tax invoice or payment, or other similar documentation that provides a City of Richmond address.

Purchase of the supply kits is made possible through the city’s federal CARES Act allocation. The value of all 500 kits is roughly $250,000.

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