ReOpen OC Safely

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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Requirements and Best Practices for Reopening Your Business Safely and Within Current Guidelines


ReOpen OC Safely was developed by the Greater Irvine Chamber in collaboration with Orange County Business Council, North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Anaheimas a resource to prepare to safely reopen for business as the county continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. 

The State of California has issued stay-at-home orders to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, but is slowly reopening business segments, subject to restrictions, with modified operations. Learn more here.

Regardless of your industry sector, this coalition recommends that businesses begin planning to reopen, consider guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state, county, and local guidelines (which may be more restrictive), and plan to ensure the safety and well-being of employees, customers and all those interacting with your business. Draft guidelines will be changed as new information is obtained. Some general guidelines for developing your plan may include:

  1. Social Distancing: Develop a plan that enables social distancing with current CDC guidance in mind. When possible, practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart from others, particularly for prolonged periods of 10 minutes or more. Develop a plan to manage customer density in queues, restaurants, retail environments, or other business facilities.
  2. Cleanliness and Sanitation: Develop a plan that provides enhanced cleaning procedures including establishing frequency, products, and methods on all high touch areas.
  3. Screening and Prevention: Develop a plan that incorporates government/medical recommended screening procedures and preventative measures including personal protective equipment (masks or gloves). 
  4. Transactions: Develop and implement a plan to expedite transactions and where possible incorporate technology such as online/mobile order pick-up or touch-less transactions.
  5. Employee Training and Tools: Develop a plan that includes training for employees regarding procedure and expectation changes related to COVID-19 


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