The United States is incrementally reopening businesses to resume operations. While many people may feel like the world is not safe enough to reopen just yet, it’s important to note that the purpose of the shutdown was to “flatten the curve,” not wait for a cure.
That being said, those who are in high risk categories or who do not feel entirely safe reentering public spaces should follow the recommended safety precautions when going out in public or coming into contact with other people. Consider sharing these tips with your employees or customer email list.
Limiting your liability as a business owner
If you are a business owner, you should make sure you can offer face masks to patrons who don’t have one. Your employees should be wearing them, and if you require your customers to wear them too, you should definitely be the one supplying them.
Why wear a cloth mask?
The CDC still recommends that everyone wear a cloth face mask or face shield when going out in public–this includes both employees and customers. It’s one of the best ways to keep your hands away from your face and keep the curve flattened.
Encourage sick employees to stay home
If any of your employees have experienced a fever, shortness of breath, or cough recently, encourage them to stay home. At a time like this, it’s more critical than ever that your employees don’t live in fear of calling in sick. The last thing you want is to have to close your doors again.
Place 6-feet markers at the checkout line
While shopping and while in line at any store, it’s important that everyone stands at least 6 feet apart from each other. One of the best ways to encourage this behavior is by using tape to mark placeholders that are 6 feet apart where people will stand in the checkout line. You may even want to consider only allowing a certain number of people in your store at a time. At a minimum, this will help others feel safe while simultaneously minimizing your risk of exposure.
The fewer people in your store, the easier it will be to practice social distancing. If possible, delegate special business hours for elderly people or those who are in the high risk category. This will help customers feel safe and valued when they shop with you.
Offering no-touch hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes at the door is one of the best ways to keep both employees and customers safe. Decorating your place of work with posters demonstrating proper hand washing techniques serves as a gentle reminder to everyone entering that hand washing is important.
Continue to offer curbside and delivery services
Despite the fact that most facilities are now open and functioning at varying capacities, delivery and curbside services should still be available. This will help you maintain business with the customers of yours who aren’t comfortable going out yet as well as guarantee more safety in your workplace.