Small Business Guidelines For Reopening During Phase 2
Now that your small business may be reopening or reestablishing during Phase 2 of COVID-19, we understand that your new priority is to ensure that your business is safe and functional for employees, tenants, and customers.
As you develop your overall COVID-19 response efforts, we suggest working with the PATH core principles in mind — Plan, Act, Train and Health. To help you prepare to operate your business safely in the changing environment we have put together the following guidelines and insights:
Review COVID-19 Protocols
It is important for your business to prepare for the potential future outbreaks of this virus. Be sure to create and communicate new policies and procedures related to COVID-19 in a timely manner.
Policies and procedures should identify the steps you are taking to address any potential spread of the virus. This should ease the concern of your employees and customers and ensure their compliance with the new guidelines.
Social & Physical Distance
Having clear expectations on how your employees and customers should maintain six feet apart from others while in the same business is important — after all, we want to decrease the possibility of spreading the virus.
- Consider implementing physical barriers when possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Space workstations so that employees in the office are 6 feet or more apart. This is to help maintain social distance.
- When it is not possible to maintain a social distance, have your staff wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth.
- Reduce large gatherings of staff — this includes meetings that can be conducted over the phone instead of in person.
- Assign computers, phones, and workstations whenever possible to limit the amount of shared products.
Personal Protective Equipment
In addition to creating a safe work environment, your office should offer COVID-19 related items such as gloves, face masks and face shields. Face masks need to cover the nose and mouth to prevent the spread.
- It is also important that you develop policies that explain expectations in regards to face masks. To learn more about what the expectations are, please read OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standards.
- As there is a shortage of filtering facepiece respirators and surgical masks, OSHA has released a guideline on the reuse of face masks and face shields that can help clarify and questions your staff may have.
Cleaning & Disinfecting
Consider providing the following materials for employees and clients to promote proper hygiene in the workplace:
- Hand sanitizer stations near the entry point and any other common areas.
- Disinfecting wipes in common spaces, meeting rooms, etc.
We at Gaudette Insurance know that the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way you conduct business and we are here to provide guidance as you shift your strategy to align with our ‘new normal.’