In the next few weeks we may begin to see that stay-at-home orders are lifted and with that, nonessential businesses would be allowed to resume normal operations. However, there are many considerations that employers should consider before they reopen their doors.
To protect their customers and employees alike, it’s important for organizations to do their due diligence before opening their business back up to the public following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Determining When to Reopen
As we may be nearing a time when stay-at-home regulations are scaled back and all businesses are allowed to resume as normal, the question then is: How will employers know when it acceptable to reopen? Here are some best practices to keep in mind:
- Review guidance from state and local governments – It’s critical to understand and review all relevant state and local orders to determine if and when your business is allowed to reopen.
- Understand the risks – If and when the government allows all businesses to reopen, that doesn’t necessarily mean COVID-19 is no longer a threat to your operations. Performing a thorough risk assessment before reopening is important in understanding your organization’s exposures. Prior to conducting a risk assessment, review guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), state and local agencies, industry associations as well as your local health department.
- Seek expertise of legal, insurance and other professionals.