As we’re all aware, COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on businesses, forcing a large number of stores to close. The business owners who are making it through the pandemic are getting ready to reopen their doors. While a business owner is preparing to reopen a retail business, the safe way to proceed is to follow necessary rules and regulations to help keep themselves, their employees, and their customers safe.
Implementing Safety Measures
For a business owner to reopen a retail business, before all else, they should first look into what laws are in place regarding safety measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Depending on the size of the space, there are limitations to how many people can be in your business at a single time. Keep a notice on the door notifying customers how many people can be inside at once, and have them form a socially distanced line outside once the interior has reached its maximum capacity. In most states, it is a requirement for all employees and customers alike to be wearing a mask. It’s wise for shopkeepers to place hand sanitizing stations around the store, particularly for stores where customers touch items regularly. Finally, allow employees to stay at home if they do not feel comfortable coming into work, if they are experiencing any symptoms, or have been in contact with a person who have a COVID-19 diagnosis or symptoms.
Prepare For the Future
To keep employees as safe as possible when you reopen a retail business space, ensure that shared-contact surfaces are cleaned regularly, including carpets and floors. These surfaces should be cleaned as frequently as possible, especially in stores with high traffic. In addition to the COVID-19 safety measures, the right business insurance will protect employees by providing them with necessary liability insurance and workers’ compensation in the event that they fall ill.
If you’re looking for business insurance to prepare to reopen a retail business, contact Prince Insurance for a quote.