COVID-19 health guidance is evolving constantly. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization’s health and safety guidelines for the most recent updates.
In time, restrictions brought upon by the coronavirus will loosen, and life will begin to resume. Hopefully, that means your business operations can start to resume as well. But reopening might not be as simple as flipping your sign.
Reopening an office or storefront may mean implementing new safety policies and procedures. On top of establishing strict cleaning plans , business owners may need to allow for flexible sick leave consistent with public health guidance. They may also need to establish social distancing practices among employees and customers, which may include investing in physical barriers or a modified workspace. They may even have to rethink their business practices entirely to reduce close contact with customers.
Experts across the country agree that business owners and consumers will have to adapt to the effects of the coronavirus. Some believe that these weeks of self-isolation and shelter-in-place orders will shift the way the world operates permanently.
So how can small business owners prepare to reopen and prepare for future challenges? Let’s take a look.