The State Bar of New York recently proposed a list of guidelines applicable to the re-opening of law Offices. While much of their work focused on large office environments and the legal field, there are some more universal recommendations that should help other businesses.
First, be familiar with local and state laws and guidelines regarding re-opening.
Next, there are steps that a business can take to try to avoid the spreading of the virus. Offices should implement and insist on social distancing for their employees. Do not have outside deliveries made into the office, including lunches ordered from services. Employees should bring their own food and keep it in appropriate containers and separate from other employee’s food, avoiding the use of shared kitchen areas and refrigerators. Employees should not socialize or run errands where they contact other people prior to coming into the office. Use disposable cups and/or insist on each person having their own beverage containers. Utilize disinfectant wipes and practice regular hand washing.
Not every guideline will fit every situation, but consideration of the ways that an office can operate to avoid spreading the virus is important. If an employee becomes infected with the Covid-19 virus, it will result in a quarantine of anyone else who that person had contact with. Taking steps to avoid this from happening on an individual and group basis may be the most important financial decision you can make right now for your business to have the ability to remain open and viable.