Small business owner app to showcase COVID prevention policies and reopening guidelines

Christopher Duran, Montclair State University

This report was submitted by Christopher Duran in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Computer Science. This report was submitted to the Department of Computer Science, Montclair State University. The advisor is Dr. Aparna Varde and the co-advisor is Dr. Vaibhav Anu.


Almost a year after the emergence of the Coronavirus, the pandemic still negatively affects the world’s economy and quality of life. In the U.S., Covid-19 has shut down nearly 100,000 businesses. The goal of this project is to develop an app that can assist business owners to accurately display their coronavirus prevention methods so that people can feel safe while using their services. This project will focus on how the business owner (Vendor) will be able to interact, utilize, and display important information for the customer (Patron) to use. The vendor will be able to create an individual profile for his/her business and display their business page for the patron to see. The page will include basic business information and coronavirus prevention methods. These prevention methods are highlighted and shown clearly through either text or pictures. For example, a vendor that owns a restaurant that provides outdoor seating can display a picture of how they are practicing safe distancing between tables. This shows patrons what they can expect without having to visit the establishment. This app will assist vendors and patrons through honest communication. This app will show how many business owners are trying to make their establishment as safe as possible.