Across the US, we are now starting to see states begin to move into a second stage of the lockdown. Measures are being restricted which is allowing a lot of businesses to reopen. There is some evidence to suggest that the vast majority of businesses will be back open by the end of June assuming that there is no sign of severe outbreaks of the coronavirus across the country. However, a business is allowed to reopen does not mean that they are out of the woods completely. Here are some of the things to consider to protect your company.
Can You Keep Workers And Customers Safe?
Georgia announced that cinemas would reopen in the state several days ago. However, AMC stated that their cinemas would remain shut in the state for the foreseeable future with Regal cinemas the following suit. It is important to note that there are a couple reasons for this. First, all new releases have been shifted to a later date, so there is virtually nothing that these cinemas can show aside from old releases. Secondly, they took this action largely due to legal reasons. Major chains are concerned that if someone did contract the virus in their complex, they could be left open to legal action. There’s a strong possibility that this is the case. That’s why you need to be absolutely certain that you have the right protective measures in place before you open up your doors once more. AMC and Regal are currently both looking at the end of June as the earliest they can reopen.
Are You Prepared For A Second Wave?
Researchers are suggesting that this virus likely won’t go away through the summer. However, there is a possibility that it is far less prevalent. What they are concerned about is that we could see a second wave of the virus that is more deadly than the first through the winter months. This would also coincide with the flu season which could cause severe pressure for health services. As well as this it could lead to a second lockdown and businesses do need to be prepared for this. The best way to prepare is to make sure that the right protection is in place. Covid-19 business interruption insurance will ensure if your company is forced to close you will be able to access financial support.
Social Distancing Is Key
Finally, it’s important to note that the main way to protect your business and ensure it can remain open is to guarantee that social distancing measures are firmly in place. This will be about guaranteeing that customers and staff can remain six feet apart. It could also be about ensuring that staff is able to gain access to key levels of PPE to function. It’s been debated whether big offices will be able to reopen anytime soon and the answer is that this is unlikely. It’s far more likely that workers in these companies will continue to operate from home.
We hope this helps you understand the key ways to protect your company when it is time to reopen.