The past few months have been incredibly difficult for everyone. The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a public health crisis the likes of which have not been seen in more than 100 years, leading to millions of cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths. At the same time, the COVID-19 Pandemic has also created an economic crisis, leaving millions of people unemployed, closing countless small businesses for good, and leaving many wondering how they are going to make ends meet. The good news is that there are signs that states are starting to reopen, allowing small businesses and employees to get back to work. While it is good to see a sense of normalcy return, it is just as important to think about how to do so safely, as the COVID-19 Pandemic will not truly be in the rearview mirror until we have a vaccine. What are a few of the tips that small businesses need to keep in mind?
First, small businesses need to know that reopening comes with risks. All small businesses need to take the right steps to protect themselves against potential legal issues and this means knowing about employment law. Companies need to take steps to protect their employees from harm. This means making sure there are preventative measures in place that will minimize the risk of spread. This means providing plenty of hand sanitizer for employees, making sure there are masks worn at all times, and that social distancing measures are put in place to protect both employees and customers from harm. Remember that small businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone, so companies should not be afraid to enforce these safety precautions
Furthermore, as business reopen during the COVID-19 Pandemic, business owners need to have a plan in place regarding what will happen if an employee tests positive for this virus. How is the business going to handle this? Ideally, the business will do a deep clean and make sure that everything is cleaned thoroughly. Then, all employees need to be tested and the business should not reopen until everyone has been tested. While small businesses do not like the idea of closing for a few days so that everyone can get tested, this is important for keeping everyone healthy. The alternative is closing the business permanently because the store has become a hotspot and a nidus for infection.
It is great to see that small businesses are starting to reopen again. People should get back to work and businesses have to stay open. At the same time, it is important to do so safely. Those who want to make sure their businesses stay open need to understand what this looks like during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As long as owners put in the time and effort to keep their employees and their customers safe during the reopening process, they should be able to stay open during an era which might be the new normal.