Businesses and restaurants are gradually opening according to the state’s phased plan to re-open the economy amid the Coronavirus health crisis. Doors can swing open, but consumers will need the confidence to leave their homes to shop, eat and do business safely for the economy to truly rebound.

Locally, Osceola County’s Back 2 Work Taskforce has launched the “We’ve Opened Safely” campaign beginning today (Wednesday). The County, in collaboration with the cities of St. Cloud and Kissimmee, the St. Cloud and Kissimmee/Osceola Chambers of Commerce and other partners, unveiled this campaign to ensure Osceola reopens at its best.

Businesses can find more information by visiting which also launched Wednesday. It includes a checklist of safety measures, and the companies who make it clear it is following those can download and display a poster highlighting those efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The website will then list participating companies, using the social media hashtags #opensafelyOSC and #staylocalosceola.

“We are pleased that the County, cities, and the local Chambers of Commerce are working together with our small business community to offer the support they need to reopen while providing a boost to consumer confidence,” said Osceola Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer. “This initiative and the efforts of the “Back 2 Work” taskforce are a tangible display of our community’s resilience and determination to begin the process that heals our community from the psychological and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”