The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance for cleaning and disinfecting businesses, workplaces, and public spaces.
The guidelines provide a general framework for cleaning and disinfection practices to protect against coronavirus transmission.
"Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19," the CDC said in a statement.
Reopening will also rely on public health strategies, including increased testing, isolating those who test positive, and contacting tracing, the agency said.
The CDC's recommendations for businesses and other places, part of the larger U.S. Government reopening plan, is to develop a cleaning and disinfecting plan, implement it, then maintain and revise it.
First, evaluate the area to be cleaned by identifying the surfaces and materials in that area.
Most surfaces and objects will just need routine cleaning, but frequently touched surfaces like light switches and door knobs will need to be cleaned and disinfected often.
Consider what workplace items can be moved or removed to prevent frequent handling or contact.
These include soft or porous surfaces like areas rugs and seating that are difficult to clean and can be removed and stored.
Second, clean with soap and water, then use an EPA-approved disinfectant.
If an approved disinfectant is not available, add one-third cup of bleach to one gallon of water, or use 70% alcohol solutions.
Keep in mind the availability of cleaning products and personal protective equipment needed when working with cleaners and disinfectants like bleach.
Your plan should always protect custodial staff and other workers who clean and disinfect as they are at increased exposure to the virus and toxic effects from cleaning chemicals.
Ensure these workers have proper PPE and use cleaning products according to the label.
Third, continue routine cleaning and disinfection, revising your plan based on availability of disinfectant and PPE.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least once a day, and continue practices that reduce the potential for exposure, including social distancing and frequent hand washing.
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