1. Follow CDC guidelines.
When evaluating how to prepare your business to reopen and maintain safe practices, it’s best to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations. The same precautions that we’ve been taking during the pandemic, such as frequent hand washing, wearing masks, keeping six feet apart, and cleaning commonly used spaces, should still be in practice in your post-pandemic workplace.
Employees’ work areas and spaces that are frequently used should be cleaned on a regular basis. When cleaning and disinfecting the spaces, people should wear disposable gloves they can discard and wash their hands thoroughly after. Surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water first, then disinfected, followed by dried with a clean rag or paper towel.
Any communal soft services, such as couches, chairs, carpets, and rugs, should be vacuumed and cleaned with soap and water regularly. They should also be laundered routinely based on the manufacturer’s instructions.
Commonly used electronics, such as a keyboard, tablet, or even a light switch, should have a wipeable cover on it or disinfecting wipes nearby to disinfect.
Of course, it’s also important that any employee who is not feeling well stays home, even if they don’t suspect it’s COVID-19. If your business is able to operate remotely, there should be a plan in place for employees to work from home if they’re feeling under the weather, but still able to work.