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City encourages ‘safe-certified’ program use

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Greater occupancy at hotels, other benefits come from program completion

The city of Roswell issued a news release Friday indicating that it is encouraging local businesses to become “N.M. Safe-Certified” by completing the state’s online COVID-safe training program.

The program is free.

Businesses that complete the program and receive the official certification receive benefits such as use of the safe-certified seal when promoting the business, inclusion in an online safe-certified business directory, access to obtaining personal protective equipment and advertising credit for tourism-related businesses.

In addition, on Thursday, the state announced hotels and other lodging establishments that are safe-certified under the state program can operate at 75% of regular maximum occupancy. Lodging establishments that do not have the certification remain restricted by state public health orders to 50% of occupancy limits.

The training is specific to individual business categories. Details about the program and how to participate can be found at nmsafecertified.org. People also can use the directory on the website to identify businesses that are safe-certified.

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A complete list of certification benefits available to all business categories is found on the website’s “Get Certified” page.