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Partnering for a safer, thriving Oakland central business district.

“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.”

Ashley Ayres, Director of Infection Prevention at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital

Ashley Ayres

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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There are nine Oakland businesses participating as of October 21, 2020:

Learn more about how businesses achieve their safety compliance milestones and track their progress here.
Oakland business owners can learn more about how the program works and take the first step to joining here.

By staying apart – we’re standing together.

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.

Doing our part to help the community better understand what businesses are doing to keep them safe.

In an effort to help curb the unprecedented negative impact on public health and the economy since the start of the pandemic, OBID has most recently partnered with Qualaris Healthcare Solutions, UPMC, and the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association to create the Oakland Safety Compliance Program funded with a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The program is designed to aid in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by delivering digital tools that help businesses implement all applicable, up-to-date guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Chosen in consultation with UPMC and PR&LA, guideline content included in the program is designed to promote behaviors that reduce spread, maintain healthy operations and healthy environments, and preparing businesses for responding to sick customers and employers. Quality assurance is measured through daily digital “safety compliance spot checks” designed to help staff effectively implement safety guidelines every day, identify problem areas, and stay current with state and federal guidelines. Additionally, a third-party “secret shopper” component of the program aims to ensure that participating businesses are consistently and completely implementing safety guidelines and operating in full compliance with state and federal health guidelines once critical program milestones are reached.
The rigorous quality data will be used in Safety Marketing Reports and posted on-premise or on social media to create transparency and help employers, customers, and the community understand the steps our businesses are taking to keep them safe. Complete Program Design details can be found on Qualaris’ Safety Compliance Hub.
See a complete listing all Oakland businesses who are currently implementing safety guidelines as a part of the program here and enter your email address below to be kept up-to-date as new businesses are being onboarded every week.

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