GOING BACK TO A “NEW NORMAL” WORLD AFTER COVID-19
Do’s and Don’ts when re-opening your business to the public
The business world probably will never be the same after everything that we have experienced in the last few months. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we all work. These changes will extend to how people interact with each other and how we operate in workplaces. In a post COVID-19 world, businesses will not only worry about high quality services and products, but also about how to keep the environments safe and clean for their customers.
At A&B, our customer’s safety and health means everything during this changing times. We are aware that things may never be the same for a while, but for the time being it is essential to figure out new ways to keep our businesses and economy active.
Keep in mind that safety inside a restaurant or any other commercial establishment, goes further than just using a face mask, that’s why we have listed some of the must do’s and don’ts that will help you keep your employees and customers safe.
Keep it clean
Adopting rigorous cleaning procedures for customers and employees before entering your business is something you must get used to, even if it represents a bit of extra effort. In a long term, this will lower the risk of spreading the virus in closed spaces where your employees will interact with customers.
Remember that both the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have promoted recommendations for how cleaning should be done in these places. Cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizers and a variety of surface disinfectants should be permanent items available on your behalf. Face masks and latex gloves would also be required.
Try to limit the entrance of customers to avoid overcrowding inside your business or any closed space.
Don’t get too close
Even if we used to consider personal space as a variant between people we know and strangers, the rule has now changed too. We must keep a safe distance when it comes to interacting with people in public places, especially when our employees have direct access to assist your customers.
When re-opening your business to the public, try to set some basic ground rules. Stablish an average distance in workspaces for your employees and at least six feet to separate your customers when walking a line, or when setting up tables in your restaurant.
There are some things we cannot avoid, even if we accomplish all the planning, training, and practice related to new prevention practices, there is still a possibility to get the virus, and for that we have to be ready and informed. As head of your own business, it will be your duty to keep the safety of everybody, including yourself.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most of the people who gets infected shows mild to no symptoms and recovers without hospitalization. Most common symptoms include fever, dry cough and tiredness. According to the WHO People with mild symptoms with no underlying conditions should manage their symptoms at home. In average, an infected person will take 3-5 days to show symptoms and they can last up to 14 days.
We recommend getting a thermometer to get your employees’ temperature checked daily and always be ready to seek medical assistance if you or any of your employees have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.