The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has outlined safety guidelines for businesses deciding to reopen across the country. While not all states are allowed to open their doors, there are many that are and many to come over the next few weeks.
The CDC recommends restaurants offer plastic spoons, knives, forks, plates, and bowls. They also say disposable menus are a must. Some restaurants should be reconfigured to allow at least 6 feet between tables. Staff should continue safety measures they have followed for takeout.
If schools open, students should stay in their classrooms for lunch. Desks should be placed 6 feet apart from each other.
Religious services and events should be streamed online, held outside, or in a drive-in type fashion.
Employees who are able to work from home should continue to do so and consider it for a long time until COVID-19 is completely over.
It’s likely businesses will jump at the chance to reopen under these safety measures as soon as their state’s governor allows it. COVID-19 has been an incredible financial struggle for many businesses, and many won’t be able to reopen their doors after this is all over. Being able to open with safety guidelines in place may not be ideal but it will be welcomed as people try to pick up the financial pieces from the catastrophic event.
Larry Lynch, senior vice president of a trade group, says the biggest obstacle right now is convincing people it’s safe to come back out of their homes. It’s going to take time for them to feel confident that the safety guidelines are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
The only way to help people feel more confident is to have businesses feel confident. As more and more businesses open and people see that it isn’t causing a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases,sales will increase. Some sales are better than no sales at this point as many businesses face the overwhelming costs of operating a business without profits.
As businesses begin to open, people will return to work. As they start to earn money, they will be able to start contributing to the repair of the economy. This is the way the country will move forward in the next few weeks. Repairing the economy won’t happen overnight, but it will happen as people get back to working, spending, and living life as they did pre-COVID-19.