To assure their patrons are shopping safe, over 130 Topeka & Shawnee County businesses have become certified, or are currently seeking certification, through the Topeka Promise initiative.

Since the official announcement of the Topeka Promise initiative last week, 133 area businesses have signed up to become certified for the Topeka Promise. An initiative of the Topeka/Shawnee County Community Recovery Taskforce, the Topeka Promise allows businesses the opportunity to display to the public that they are following health and safety guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19. Once certified, businesses receive a “Topeka Promise” window cling to display on their property.

To “Make the Promise,” business must adhere to the following guidelines:

1) All employees will wear masks and appropriate PPE when dealing with customers (face shields or plastic guards are acceptable)

2) Social distancing is enforced through seating placement, capacity, and line restrictions.*

3) All common surfaces will be disinfected regularly throughout the day.

4) Sanitizer will be available at the register to minimize risk with transactions

5) Employees will be screened daily for symptoms and restricted from work if any are noted.

*Optional hours of operations for high-risk customers are encouraged, and/or carryout or curbside delivery to mitigate risk.

“This is a testament to the fact that not only are Topeka & Shawnee County businesses taking the current health crisis seriously but are also willing to go the extra mile to make sure their customers feel safe when patronizing their businesses,” said Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield, chair of the Topeka/Shawnee County Community Recovery Taskforce and senior vice president of strategy for the Greater Topeka Partnership.

Businesses seeking to apply for the Topeka Promise may do so at


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