Back to Business: Reopening in Light of COVID-19

by Lawton Brothers | Jul 23, 2020

 

While the number of new coronavirus cases continues to fluctuate in Florida, stores and restaurants are slowly reopening and increasing capacity. Here’s what you need to know about reopening your business.

Quick Tips

  • Coronaviruses on surfaces/objects naturally die within hours to days. Warmer temperatures and sunlight speed up this process.
  • Routine cleaning with soap and water lowers the risk of spreading COVID-19.
  • Use EPA-approved disinfectants after cleaning to further reduce risk. (Proper bleach solutions are effective for disinfection up to 24 hours)
  • Practice social distancing, wear facial coverings, and follow proper preventative hygiene (such as washing your hands and using 60% alcohol-based sanitizer).

     

    Routine Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Clean frequently-touched surfaces at the beginning and end of each shift (and as needed).
  • Frequently touched surfaces in community and business settings can be anything from shopping carts to point of sale systems, tables, light switches, handles, desks, phones, toilets, and many more. Objects and places that receive more use will need a higher frequency of routine cleaning.
  • Clean surfaces/objects with soap and water, followed by an EPA-approved disinfectant.
  • Provide disposable disinfecting wipes for items used repeatedly or by multiple persons.
  • For our sanitation engineers and other essential employees that are risking potential infection on a daily basis, it is important to launder clothing, towels, and any other cloth/soft surfaces that have (or could have) come into contact with another person. Regular cleaning staff can clean and disinfect community spaces, so long as they are trained on the appropriate use of materials. Cleaning staff should be wearing disposable gloves and washing hands frequently as well as consider additional personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Advise all employees of proper PPE and appropriate use of chemicals.

     

    Plan to Reduce Risk

  • Postpone or adjust large meetings. Use video-, web-, or teleconferencing, when available. For situations that require in-person meetings, use a large and well-ventilated space. Continue to maintain 6 feet distancing.
  • Ensure all employees and customers are wearing face coverings.
  • Minimize non-essential travel and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Provide tissues, touchless hand sanitizer stations, and no-touch trash bins.
  • Consider placing posters in bathrooms or waiting rooms regarding proper hand hygiene.
  • If you are a restaurant or bar, check out this handy infographic from the CDC to determine additional steps in reopening.

     

    If Someone is Sick

    If any person who has contracted coronavirus visited your business within the past 14 days it is very important to follow CDC recommendations on closing, cleaning, and reopening accordingly. Close off areas used by the sick person, increase air circulation, and be sure to thoroughly disinfect surfaces.

    Need Help Implementing a Cleaning Routine?

    With businesses opening across Florida and the United States, we want your customers and employees to feel safe and welcomed back into your facility. Call us today to discuss your business needs and how we can train your employees in addition to implementing a cleaning regimen. 800.432.0813.

    For more information on reopening from the CDC, check out: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html 

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