HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS SAFER DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Over the last several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world dramatically. Although the initial shutdowns that took place in March and April of 2020 have, for the most part, been lifted, the danger posed by the coronavirus disease is still very real. In order to operate responsibly in these times and make customers feel as comfortable entering your business as possible, consider implementing some or all of the following measures.
Install Plexiglass Sneeze Guards
In places where people need to interact at close proximity, plastic sneeze guards are effective at blocking any respiratory droplets, making the environment safer and providing greater peace of mind for both your customers and your employees. If your business is a retail store, you may wish to install a sneeze guard at checkout registers to provide a barrier between those making purchases and the cashier ringing them up. If you run a nail salon, it is a good idea to put up a barrier at each manicure station, since the process of giving a manicure requires two people to have prolonged face to face contact.
Put up Guides and Signage to Enforce Social Distancing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who do not live in the same household maintain a safe distance from one another, approximately six feet, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. One way to help ensure compliance with social distancing is to place markers at six foot intervals along your checkout line. If you have narrow aisles or walkways in your business, consider putting up some one-way signs so that people do not inadvertently brush up against each other.
Provide Hand Sanitizer
Washing one’s hands regularly or applying hand sanitizer, especially before touching the eyes or mouth, is an effective way to avoid getting sick. Setting up hand sanitizer stations is a good way to help your customers and employees stay safe, especially if they do not have the ability to access warm water and soap right away. If you provide shopping carts or baskets, a dispenser of sanitizing wipes is effective as well.
The coronavirus disease has caused widespread adversity throughout the world in the form of major damage to the economy and individuals’ physical and mental health. By enforcing mask-wearing and making your business as safe as possible, you will be doing your part to keep the public as safe as possible and work towards the eventual ending of the pandemic.