In partnership with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and others, Sergio’s hosted a distribution of one million reusable masks to hospitality workers across Florida.
The Florida Restaurant we all know as Sergio's and Lodging Association (FRLA) recently hosted a distribution event at the in Sergio’s Restaurant at the Doral location, inviting U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, Lieutenant Governor Jeannette Nuñez and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
At the event, the FRLA announced their partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). They also distributed approximately one million reusable cloth masks to restaurant and hospitality workers throughout the state of Florida. Masks and face coverings have been essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing protection for the person wearing them and anyone they come in contact with by preventing small particles of saliva from touching other people when someone sneezes, coughs, or even breathes.
For restaurant and hospitality workers, masks are essential to assuring that food being served to customers is not contaminated and that businesses can operate smoothly and safely during the pandemic. According to the President of Sergio’s Family Restaurants and Executive Board Member of the FRLA, Carlos Gazitua, protecting employees and guests is the number one priority of the restaurant.
“We are incredibly grateful to Surgeon General Jerome Adams and HHS for donating these masks to our workers and to Lieutenant Governor Nuñez and Mayor Gimenez for participating today to bring awareness to these important efforts”.Carlos Gazitua President
In response, Carol Dover, President and CEO of the FRLA, noted that this is a proud partnership for the association.
“FRLA is so proud to partner with the HHS and the Surgeon General to distribute these masks to our great hospitality team members across Florida”.Carol Dover President and CEO of the FRLA
Dover continued by thanking the participants in this distribution event.
“I want to acknowledge Carlos Gazitua for his efforts to coordinate this critical partnership and thank Lt. Governor Nuñez, Governor DeSantis, and Mayor Gimenez for their leadership and efforts to keep our state and our businesses operating safely.”Carlos Gazitua President
A follow-up to this distribution event will occur in order to distribute masks regionally across Florida. Distribution event dates and locations for the future are to come.
About Sergio’s Restaurant
Sergio’s Restaurant is a local small family business known for their unique combination of Cuban cuisine with Latin and American flavors. The women-founded, third generation business prides itself on fusing these cultures. According to the restaurant’s website, “It’s the fusion of these two worlds that define not only the food we serve, but also the culture of “mi gente” that makes up the Sergio’s familia – Cuban roots mixed with new American culture.”