Thursday, April 30, 2020

'Look, Ask, Share' plan for local businesses rolls out

In accordance with Idaho Governor Brad Little’s phased plan to safely reopen Idaho businesses, the cities of Ammon and Idaho Falls and Bonneville County have joined with officials from the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corp. and the Better Business Bureau to unveil the “Look, Ask, Share” campaign.

"Look, Ask, Share" is being done in conjunction with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch’s "Support Local Gems" campaign and Governor Little’s "Idaho Rebounds" four-phase plan to reopen Idaho, said Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper. “We know businesses are eager to reopen. This is a way for them to show customers that they are opening responsibly and are thoughtful about providing for their health and safety in this era of COVID-19.”

Under Little’s phased plan, all businesses are asked to have plans to keep customers and employees safe. All businesses are supposed to follow general guidelines as outlined on the website rebound.idaho.gov.

Once a business has a plan and is ready to reopen, or even if is open already, it can visit www.eastidaholocalgems.com to verify it and download “Look, Ask, Share” materials.  They can also find links to the site on the city’s webpage as well as webpages of the other participating agencies.

Businesses will be able to access "Look, Ask, Share" materials that they can post online and in their places of business to show they have a plan. Customers are asked to share their experiences online, on Facebook, other social media or through word-of-mouth, about their experiences. They can provide the business a good review, say thanks, follow them online or recommend them to others.

“Our businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy,” Casper said. “We want to support them and recognize them. We want people to get back to work. 'Look, Ask, Share' is 100 percent designed to support that effort.”