The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released six flow charts meant to help schools, restaurants, transit systems and other businesses decide when and how they should reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The health considerations and tools for businesses and workplaces outlines tips on how to plan, prepare and respond. When it comes to restaurants and bars, the CDC said the establishments should feel comfortable opening if they are not violating local laws, promote good hygiene, increase cleaning, encourage social distancing and institute lenient sick leave policies.
The workplace decision tool has a very straightforward guide with a checklist employers should go through to determine if they are ready to open. The CDC recommends that employers modify travel and commuting practices and promote telework for employees who do not live in the local area, if feasible.
The CDC recommends that ongoing monitoring is in place for businesses. This means developing and implementing procedures to check for signs and symptoms of employees daily upon arrival. Additionally, the CDC recommends:
- Encouraging employees who are sick to stay home,
- Planning for the scenario of an employee getting sick,
- Regularly communicating and monitoring developments with local authorities and employees,
- Monitoring employee absences and having flexible leave policies and practices,
- Being ready to consult with local health authorities if there are cases in the facility or an increase in cases in the local area.