“UPMC is honored to help partner with our local businesses community to ensure that best practices for infection prevention are being upheld. Having visited a few of the participating businesses from the Safety Compliance Program, it is heartwarming to see the passion they have for ensuring their facilities are safe for customers and staff. They have been asking all the right questions needed to keep everyone safe.”
Director of Infection Prevention at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital
New businesses are being onboarded to the Oakland Safety Compliance Program every day – including CHiKN, Stack’d, Fuel & Fuddle, Atarashi, Avenu Pittsburgh, Rev22 Salud Juicery, Hieber’s Pharmacy, The Milk Shake Factory, and Lotsa Pizza who have already started achieving compliance milestones by implementing safety guidelines through the program.
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Since first partnering with UPMC in late March 2020 to help ensure that many Oakland restaurants could continue food delivery services to four UPMC hospital campuses to support our frontline and essential workers during strict limitations on outside visitors, the Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) has been working diligently to identify and develop resources to provide much-needed support throughout out the central business district.
As our region continues the necessary work toward reopening amidst the evolving COVID-19 crisis, OBID partnered with property and business owners, the City of Pittsburgh, the State of Pennsylvania, and other key stakeholders this summer to develop outdoor dining spaces throughout the neighborhood, as well – most notably along Oakland Avenue which opened as an open-air dining space for Stack’d and Fuel & Fuddle on June 12, 2020. The model has been adopted in other neighborhoods, as well, as a way to give struggling restaurants an opportunity to serve patrons while complying with safety regulations that continue to limit or prohibit indoor dining.