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Updated Guidance for Business Reopening and Economic Recovery

EverythingHR Staff | 06/02/2020 | Blog, Featured

Resources for Federal, California and all 50 States

Updated June 1, 2020

Since late May the national, state and local dialogue has sharply shifted from dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, the pandemic and “Stay at Home” orders to a dialogue about safe reopening strategies and procedures.  This will be no easier for employers to manage than the prior stages have been and, in many ways, presents even more potentially severe consequences.

As we learned through our survey of almost 800 business leaders,  Access Member Executive Summary,  the top concerns for employers as they begin the reopening process are safety and compliance, yet about half do not have a clear understanding of what the requirements actually are.  And this makes perfect sense because the requirements are complex and can differ from location to location and industry to industry.

Employers Group has reviewed, selected and grouped together (below) some vital resources in a National (federal) section, a California-specific section and a section with guidance for all 50 states.

NATIONAL

The CDC continues to provide very clear and specific guidance in support of the reopening of businesses.  In the most recent update, the CDC focuses on “a variety of measures for keeping people safe.”   These considerations include practices for scaling up operations, safety actions (e.g., cleaning and disinfection, social distancing), monitoring possible reemergence of illness, and maintaining health operations.

Additionally, this update includes industry-specific guidance for:  schools and camps; guidance for reopening clinics: guidance for long-term care facilities: guidance for restaurants and bars; and, guidance for employers with workers at high risk.

The full report can be located here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/php/CDC-Activities-Initiatives-for-COVID-19-Response.pdf#page=46

CALIFORNIA-SPECIFIC

Recognizing that, while all businesses share a common goal of reopening safely and effectively, the State of California, through the Department of Public Health, Department of Social Services, and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), has also recognized that each industry will have its own unique challenges for protecting employees and customers.

In-line with the CDC Guidance, the state has issued very prescriptive and easy-to-follow industry-specific guidance and checklists for the reopening of California businesses.  It is important to note that, before reopening, all facilities must:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
  4. Implement disinfecting protocols
  5. Implement physical distancing guidelines

The CA industry-specific guidelines address the following industries:  Agriculture and livestock, auto dealerships, child care, communications infrastructure, construction, delivery services, energy and utilities, food packing, hotels and lodging, life sciences, limited services, logistics and warehousing facilities, manufacturing, mining and logging, outdoor museums, office work-spaces, places of worship, ports, public transit and intercity passenger rail, real estate transaction, retail and shopping centers.

The full CA Guidance can be accessed here:  COVID-19 guidance and checklists for 20 different industries.

STATE-BY-STATE RESOURCES

All 50 states have established their own multi-phase programs for the reopening of businesses.  Below is a link to the resource for each state.  The information is very valuable for anyone doing business in the state.  If nothing else, we have to give them credit for the creative names!

Here are links to information on the business and economic recovery programs for all 50 states:

ALABAMA ALtogether
ALASKA Reopen Alaska Responsibly
ARIZONA Arizona Together
ARKANSAS Getting Back to Business
CALIFORNIA Resilience Roadmap
COLORADO Safer at Home
CONNECTICUT Reopen Connecticut
DELAWARE Restarting Delaware’s Economy
FLORIDA Re-Open Florida
GEORGIA Guidance for Businesses
HAWAII Reopening
IDAHO Idaho Rebounds
ILLINOIS Restore Illinois
INDIANA Back on Track Indiana
IOWA Reopening
KANSAS Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas
KENTUCKY Healthy at Work
LOUISIANA Resilient Louisiana
MAINE Restart Maine’s Economy
MARYLAND Maryland Strong
MASSACHUSETTS Reopening
MICHIGAN MI Safe Start
MINNESOTA Reopening
MISSISSIPPI Safer At Home
MISSOURI Show Me Strong Recovery
MONTANA Reopening The Big Sky
NEBRASKA Keep Nebraska Healthy
NEVADA Nevada United Recovery Roadmap
NEW HAMPSHIRE Stay at Home 2.0
NEW JERSEY The Road Back
NEW MEXICO Reopening
NEW YORK New York Forward
NORTH CAROLINA Staying Ahead of the Curve
NORTH DAKOTA ND Smart Restart
OHIO Responsible RestartOhio
OKLAHOMA Open Up and Recover Safely
OREGON Reopening Oregon
PENNSYLVANIA Plan for Pennsylvania
RHODE ISLAND Reopening RI
SOUTH CAROLINA AccelerateSC
SOUTH DAKOTA Back to Normal
TENNESSEE Tennessee Pledge
TEXAS Open Texas
UTAH Utah Leads Together
VERMONT Reopening
VIRGINIA Forward Virginia
WASHINGTON Safe Start
WEST VIRGINIA West Virginia Strong
WISCONSIN Badger Bounce Back
WYOMING Transition