Businesses in the unincorporated area of Tuolumne County are now eligible to be reimbursed for up to $2,000 for purchases of personal protective equipment for the coronavirus pandemic made after March 1, as long as they still have the receipts.

The county is providing the reimbursements with funding it received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, as part of the county Public Health Department’s newly created business education and compliance program.

Each business is eligible for a total reimbursement of up to $2,000. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

Businesses in the City of Sonora are not eligible. 

Anyone who bought PPE or materials for their business to follow California’s COVID-19 industry guidelines after March 1 is encouraged to fill out a form to request the reimbursement and submit it to the county.

Receipts for the purchases must be attached to the form. Copies of receipts are acceptable if the business needs to keep the originals for tax purposes.

The form is available at www.tcdisasterassistance.com, a website created by Cole Przybyla, director of the county’s Innovation and Business Assistance Department. Anyone requesting reimbursement for more than five purchases can print out an additional form.

Przybyla said that Adventist Health Sonora also still has some cloth masks available to give away to businesses, and he has some disposable masks and hand sanitizer from the California Office of Emergency Services.

County supervisors authorized the county to move forward with the grant program as a way to incentivize businesses to comply with the guidelines without heavy handed enforcement.

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.com or (209) 768-5175.

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