Tulsa County is working to help protect small businesses and their employees as they reopen during the pandemic.
The "Safer Tulsa County" program is giving personal protective equipment kits to businesses at no cost starting Monday.
The distribution is happening all week at Tulsa's Expo Square for business owners with 50 or less employees.
The PPE kits are packed with a one-month supply of hand sanitizer, disinfectant, face masks and a thermometer.
The program is a joint effort between Tulsa County, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency, made possible through CARES Act funding.
The Tulsa Regional Chamber said getting PPE is a significant barrier for some businesses as they try to reopen. The chambers said this program should help businesses to get back to normal operations faster and more safely.
TAEMA executive director Joe Kralicek said the kits will also give the local economy a boost.
"We believe that this project will provide much-needed assistance to local businesses and help restart the economic engine that keeps our communities moving forward," said Kralicek. "This equipment will allow families and individuals to shop, eat and play knowing that these businesses and their employees are able to be safe and sanitary in all they do."
The county expects to give away more than 23-hundred kits this week.
Businesses have to apply for a kit and can do so through this online application.