The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines to help employers decide whether or when to reopen their businesses.
The guidelines include a series of questions on reopening to determine whether a business is ready.
For example, it asks:
- Will your reopening be consistent with applicable state and local orders?
- Are you ready to protect employees at higher risk for severe illness?
If the answer to either question is no, do not open.
If the answer is yes, the guidelines then direct employers to another series of questions on whether recommended health and safety steps are in place.
- Promoting healthy hygiene including frequent hand washing
- Having employees wearing face masks
- Encouraging social distancing including through changing layouts, using physical barriers, closing communal spaces, and staggering shifts
- Training employees on health and safety protocols
If the business meets the safeguards, it can reopen.
If not, it should stay closed until implementing the safeguards.
Reopened businesses should also ensure ongoing monitoring is in place, the CDC recommends.
These steps include:
- Having procedures to check employees daily on arrival for signs and symptoms of illness
- Encouraging anyone sick to stay home
- Planning for a sick employee and having flexible sick and leave policies
- Communicating regularly with local authorities and sharing that information with employees
- Consulting with local authorities if there are cases in your facility
CDC Example Controls to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Work Environments
|Engineering||Administrative||Personal Protective Equipment|
|Facilities and Equipment|
--Configure partitions as a barrier shield
--Move electronic payment reader away from cashier
--Use verbal announcements, signage, and visual cues to promote social distancing
--Provide remote shopping alternatives (e.g., delivery, pick-up)
|Management and Communications|
--manage worker concerns
--communicate with workers
Cleaning and Disinfection
Provide employees with training on: