As we move into phase two of the three-part reopening of the economy, the vulnerable populations should still stay home. All individuals should keep social distancing protocols in practice, but individuals can begin going into social settings of 50 people or fewer. Travel that is deemed non-essential can resume with certain precautions.
As was required in phase one, employers should continue to encourage their employees to work remotely if possible. As employees begin coming back into the office, it is recommended to keep common areas closed and continue to make adjustments for those individuals who are higher-risk.
Schools, daycare centers, and camps can reopen in this phase. Similar to the requirements in phase one, all of these businesses can operate only at reduced standing-room capacity.
The last phase of reopening the economy allows vulnerable populations to leave their homes. Still, they should keep social distancing protocols in place and limit any social settings where social distancing may not be possible.
Employers can allow their employees to return to the workplace. This phase also provides for the reopening of common areas, but we recommend business owners continue to be considerate of social distancing protocols for higher-risk individuals.
Senior care facilities and hospital visits are allowed to resume. The large venues mentioned above can begin operating with limited physical distancing protocols. Bars and restaurants can start to run closer to their standard occupancy rates.
There are a few things all of us must consider throughout all of these phases: Maintain good hygiene practices, always! Wash your hands thoroughly, avoid touching your face, disinfect items that you use frequently, and use face coverings when in crowded social settings.
If you begin to feel sick — stay home and contact your doctor.
As employers, some things should be implemented as employees begin to come back to work. Social distancing protocols are of the utmost importance as well as providing protective equipment for employees. Implementing temperature checks and consistent sanitation practices will be beneficial to all in the workplace.
As an employer, there is a greater responsibility for the safety of your employees, try to be considerate of all employees’ needs during this uncertain time.
For more information on how to be best prepared for the reopening of the economy, visit www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica.
As far as funding to support the reopening of your business, visit our COVID-19 Resource Center to see how you can prepare for the future of your company.