We’re not completely past the COVID-19 Pandemic, but we are starting to see the light on the other side of this tunnel. After the past couple of months of shelter-in-place orders and state mandates to flatten the curve, businesses across the country are starting to reopen and find some semblance of normalcy. But how do you do that? This time on the BIOClean Team blog we’re going to help you understand the stages of reopening your business.
Stages to Reopening Businesses and Workplaces
The CDC has released some guidelines in getting businesses back up in running during the midst of the pandemic, so we are here to help spread the word far and wide. The more precautions everyone takes, the better we will be in the months to come! But before you even consider how to open, first you need to determine if your business can reopen.
Can You Reopen?
Answer these questions. Is the business in a community that is no longer needing significant efforts to combat the spread? Are the state and local protocols allowing it? Will you be able and ready to protect employees or customers who are at a higher risk?
If the answer isn’t yes for each of these, you should consider postponing reopening further. Reopening for business before the environment, community, and individual employees’ safety is ensured is a recipe for disaster.
Consider the exact work the employees are required to do. Must they interact directly with customers or work closely with others? They may very well need specific safety equipment provided or installed. Anything from requiring masks to be worn by customers and employees, to installing plastic sneeze guards. Be sure that the business is setting up everyone for success and safety from the get-go.
Follow Ongoing Safety Recommendations
Reopening is just the first step in the process. Once business resumes, workplaces will need to maintain a crucial level of sanitation, promoting the best hygiene practices possible to ensure the ongoing health and safety of workers and customers.
Be prepared to:
- Promote healthy hygiene standards such as wearing face masks, have disinfecting wipes available
- Increase cleaning and disinfection standards
- Practice social distancing either by changing layout of workspaces, staggering shifts, or other means
- Train all staff on safety protocols
- Check for symptoms in employees
- Have a plan for sick employees
- Encourage anyone who is feeling even slightly under the weather to stay home
And perhaps most crucial of all, be prepared to close again.
We are still in the midst of a pandemic, and while it looks like things are trending the right direction, that can change. It’s an evolving situation that needs to be adapted to on a day by day, case by case basis. The business may reopen, but to stay open it will need to keep everyone healthy. These safeguards are the absolute minimum that businesses should be prepared to handle, and if not they shouldn’t be reopening.
Now, here at BIOClean, we can only speak to the health and safety of the process. For economic and business-minded steps to reopening you can read plenty from other places. Ready to reopen? Ready to take the necessary measures to provide a safe, sanitary working environment? Need some help doing a deep sanitizing before you reopen those doors? Give The BIOClean Team a call! We Strictly following ever-changing CDC Guidelines, employ an environmental hygienist to update our protocol, all team members are certified professionals following infection control measure and the team is lead by an RN with specific microbiology and virology knowledge