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June 18, 2020 | Posted in:

Post-Pandemic Reopening Checklist

Alloy Silverstein has provided a post-pandemic reopening checklist to help you begin resuming business in the new normal.

Government Ordinances

Begin by following government ordinances, only open if your state has been approved to do so. Attempt to reduce public transportation travel and commute if possible. Also, continuously check government updates to remain compliant.

Safety Guidelines

Follow safety guidelines to protect employees and customers.  Keep common doors open and consider personal protective equipment (mask and gloves) to be worn.  Hang flyers with sanitation & social distancing reminders around your business. Create a written reopening plan with information for employees to reference.

Social Distancing

Follow social distancing rules. Begin by discouraging handshaking and other contact in your business. If possible, reorganize the floor plan to keep employees and visitors six feet apart.  Add physical barriers such as Plexiglas and cubicles to separate individuals.  Remind staff that individual belongings are not to be shared such as desks, pens, and other supplies.  Limit the capacity during closed meetings based on the amount of space in the room and cancel large group events.  Lastly, try to stagger employee shifts and breaks.

Common Areas

In regard to common areas, limit the use of the lobby, conference rooms, and break rooms. Also, adjust common areas to accommodate social distancing.  If this means no coffee pot for the time being, employees and visitors will have to adjust.

Sanitization

Cleaning is extremely important to keeping everyone in the business safe. Create sanitization stations for individuals to frequently use.  Furthermore, make hand sanitizer & disinfectant wipes easily accessible. Form cleaning rules for before and after the use of communal equipment (printers, refrigerators, etc.). Lastly, deep clean & disinfect your workplace as necessary.

Sick Policies

Create sick policies for if your employees feel ill or have been around someone sick.  Create a plan for what to do if an employee feels sick.  Check for signs and symptoms of illness, consider taking individuals temperatures before they come in.  Remind employees not to come in if they are feeling sick. Monitor sick leave and be flexible. Also, be prepared to close or work remotely if there is an outbreak

Business Practices

You may have to change business practices to accommodate the new normal.  Make hiring process adjustments such as staff number modification, pay rate revision, remote interviewing, and recalling laid-off or furloughed employees. Prepare leave policies, FFCRA, PTO/vacation rollover, revise bereavement, and ensure employee leave policies will apply regardless of the situation. Put remote work rules in place.  Lastly, have clear communication, create a communication strategy, and make sure emergency contact information is up to date.

Post-Pandemic Reopening Checklist

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