Variance Protection Program

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up in an effort, known as the Variance Protection Program, to encourage area businesses to implement safety measures that will help slow the spread of COVID 19 locally and allow Mesa County to move forward with reopening efforts needed to help the local economy recover.

During a webinar to be broadcast at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 15th, Mesa County Public Health Director Jeff Kuhr along with Daily Sentinel Publisher Jay Seaton will introduce a new five-star rating system that businesses can apply for. That rating can then be used to help increase market share and attract additional dollars into local businesses.

Following the webinar, two businesses will be awarded five-star ratings in events that are open to the media. The Ale House will receive its five-star rating certificate and window cling at approximately 11:15 and Sprouts will receive its five-star rating certificate and window cling at approximately 11:45. Several other businesses have already qualified for the designation and will receive their awards later.

All will be listed in local media and online platforms.

“It is important for us to encourage businesses to implement best practices if we are going to continue to keep the number of cases low in Mesa County. This is an incentive program versus a mandate,” noted Jeff Kuhr. Diane Schwenke, Chamber CEO, said, “Looking at what is happening nationwide the last thing we want to do is go backwards. It is up to the business community to lead the way in helping lower the risks of this pandemic so we can stay open and continue to keep people employed.”

If you would like to participate in this program, fill out this form. 

View a list of our current partners here.


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