Stay Safe Pledge Program

Stay Safe Pledge

Stay Safe Pledge Program:

To support the health of workers and customers, as well as to support the local economy, Pasadena’s businesses have an opportunity to participate in the Stay Safe Pledge Program. Although the State of California has lifted restrictions across most industries, the spread of COVID-19 still impacts how we do business. The City of Pasadena and Visit Pasadena have launched the Stay Safe Pledge Program to encourage local businesses to go above and beyond the CDC guidance to demonstrate their commitment to the safety and well-being of all Pasadena residents and visitors. The Stay Safe Pledge Program is voluntary; businesses may choose whether participation in the program makes sense for their individual business operations.

How To Participate In the Stay Safe Pledge Program:

To participate in the Stay Safe Pledge Program, business operators will need to sign a pledge to implement at least one measure (listed below) that exceeds current CDC guidance. The pledge form is a simple web-based checklist. Upon completion of the pledge form, businesses will receive an email containing a certificate of their participation in the Stay Safe Pledge Program from the City of Pasadena. Businesses are free to share or promote their status in the Stay Safe Pledge Program on their social media and marketing collateral. In exchange for signing the pledge, businesses will be included in the Stay Safe Pledge Program directory on the Visit Pasadena website. The program, and its participants, will be highlighted in an ad in a local publication.

Ways To Exceed CDC Health Guidance:

Businesses are required to ensure workers, patrons, and guests comply with the current masking order, to post signage regarding requirements, and to report positive COVID-19 cases immediately to the Public Health Department.

To exceed these requirements, below are ways that business operators can take extra precautions to reduce the further spread of COVID-19. Businesses are encouraged to explore options for exceeding existing guidance that make the most sense for their business operations.

  • Mandatory Vaccination Policy: Implement a policy which requires all workers to be fully vaccinated. Provide information to workers on vaccine efficacy, safety, and availability, provide workers time to obtain the vaccine, and verify vaccine status through the CA Department of Public Health’s acceptable vaccine verification methods. These options are:
    • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date doses administered); OR
    • A photo of a vaccination card as a separate document; OR
    • A photo of the client's vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device; OR
    • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider; OR
    • Digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type; OR
    • Digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type; OR
  • Implement Weekly Testing of Unvaccinated Employees: While a mandatory vaccination policy is not possible at this time, my business will implement a weekly COVID testing of unvaccinated employees. Consult the Pasadena Public Health COVID testing webpage for a list of locations offering testing in the area.
  • Maximize Employee Participation in Vaccination: Maximizing employee participation in vaccination is a key step to protecting individuals. To incentivize workers to get vaccinated, my business will offer paid time off for vaccination shots, host a clinic for employees to get vaccinated at their business site, or some other meaningful incentive to encourage vaccination.
  • Leverage Technology for Enhanced COVID Safety: Implement electronic options that reduce contact within your business operations. Examples include cashless transactions, facial ID recognition, mobile check-in/check-out, etc.
  • Physical Distancing: Implement a minimum of 6 feet of physical distance between workstations and between customer groups. In lieu of increased physical distancing, install protective plastic barriers at service counters and floor decals to facilitate physical distancing in customer service lines.
  • Masking: Require individuals to wear masks indoors and outdoors while on business premises, regardless of vaccination status. Signage is prominently posted in visible locations instructing individuals to wear a mask. Provide masks to individuals who arrive without one.

Sign the Stay Safe Pledge:

On behalf of my business and my employees, and in the interest of protecting the safety and well-being of all Pasadena residents and visitors, I pledge to: