City of Grand Rapids adds 'safety kiosk' to lobby of Government Center

Posted at 4:39 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 16:39:43-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The City of Grand Rapids has added a “safety kiosk” to its Government Center at 300 Monroe Avenue.

Located in the lobby, the completely touchless kiosk takes individuals’ temperatures and offers hand sanitizer, gloves and masks, according to the city’s Facebook page.

The kiosk cost $4,900, which was taken from the city’s CARES Act funding allocation, according to Ken Godwin, a safety technician in the risk management department.

“We definitely put this kiosk here because we want to encourage customers as they come in to be able to utilize this,” Godwin said. “And it definitely gives them a sense of safety and security because not only can they check their own temperature, but then they can help themselves to either PPE that they need currently, or they can actually use a few that they can actually use elsewhere outside of City Hall.”

The city also reminded individuals to check in with an ambassador on the Calder Plaza level when visiting City Hall.