Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: (507) 216-9886
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROCHESTER, Minn.—The cleaning component of downtown Rochester’s Clean and Safe Ambassador Program is set to launch July 1, following the start date postponement of the full program earlier this spring because of COVID-19.
“We are very much looking forward to launching this program. In cities across the country, we are seeing how established clean and safe ambassador programs are offering critical cleaning, sanitization, and public space maintenance services in response to COVID-19,” said Holly Masek, executive director of the Rochester Downtown Alliance.
“As downtown reopens for business and begins welcoming customers, guests, and Mayo clinic patients again, it is vital that we provide visible and impactful cleaning efforts to build confidence in the safety of our downtown environment.”
Starting July 1, cleaning ambassadors will provide daily services within RDA’s 44-block special service district. Cleaning ambassadors will focus on sanitizing high touch areas of public spaces like door handles, garbage can lids, and benches. Additional cleaning services will include power washing sidewalks, picking up litter, pulling weeds, and removing graffiti. With the help of ambassadors, RDA will be able to offer additional seating, horticulture, sanitization stations, and other passive program opportunities in downtown’s public spaces.
The RDA will collaborate with its vendor Block by Block to determine a launch of the program’s safety portion for when it’s safe to do so.
All program ambassadors, whether specializing in safety or cleaning, will be trained in providing customer service while observing appropriate physical distancing and safety protocols.
The Clean and Safe Ambassador Program will be supported by the RDA’s special service district members, as well as additional funding from Mayo Clinic, the City of Rochester, and Destination Medical Center.
Clean and Safe Ambassador Program hours and contact information can be found at DowntownRochesterMN.com/CleanAndSafe.
About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.