As you well know, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has released his plan to "reopen" the state of Ohio for business in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, true to his word, this plan does not mimic a light switch, but more of a dimmer switch. This means that businesses will reopen slowly and do so in stages. The plan began on Friday, May 1, with healthcare and medical businesses. On Monday, May 4, manufacturing and office environments were given the "green light" to reopen.
As of the writing of this blog post, Governor DeWine had yet to release a plan for when businesses such as hair salons and restaurants can reopen, but he is expected to do so this week. More than likely, these employers will be able to resume activities during the next week or two, albeit with new regulations and practices in place.
Speaking of which, Governor DeWine and his team have established guidelines by which businesses must abide during this critical time. Below are the five main directives that are part of Ohio's safe business practices for getting back to work:
#1 - Require face coverings.
At first, DeWine decreed that everybody had to wear face coverings, workers and customers alike. However, he has since walked that back and instead made it a strong suggestion for customers. For workers, though, it's still mandatory.
#2 - Conduct daily health assessments.
This means both employers and employees should conduct these assessments. The employer conducts them on the employees, and the employees conduct them on themselves.
#3 - Maintain good hygiene.
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times. So get ready to hear it another thousand times. Wash your hands often and thoroughly under hot water for at least 20 seconds.
#4 - Clean and sanitize the workplace.
When and how often? As much as possible. Specifically, throughout the workday and at the close of business and/or between shifts.
#5 - Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.
For employers, workers must operate six feet apart, if at all possible. When it comes to customers, businesses should establish a maximum capacity of 50% of fire code. In addition, businesses should use appointment setting when possible to limit congestion.
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