Sector-Specific Reopening Guidance Documents

Before reopening, all facilities must:

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific Social Distancing Protocol
    • The Social Distancing Protocol must explain how the business is achieving the following, as applicable:
      • Limiting the number of people who can enter into the facility and work areas at any one time to ensure that people in the facility and work areas can easily maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another at all times, except as required to complete the Essential Business activity;
      • Where lines may form at a facility, marking six-foot increments at a minimum, establishing where individuals should stand to maintain adequate social distancing;
      • Providing hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant at or near the entrance of the facility and in other appropriate areas for use by the public and employees, and in locations where there is high-frequency employee interaction with members of the public (e.g. cashiers);
      • Providing for contactless payment systems or, if not feasible to do so, then providing for disinfecting of all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use;
      • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting other high-touch surfaces;
      • Posting a sign at the entrance of the facility and work area informing all employees and customers that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another; sneeze and cough into one’s elbow; not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact; and
      • Adhering to additional social distancing guidance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html.

In addition, business owners should:

  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  • Implement individual control measures and screenings
  • Implement disinfecting protocols

It is critical that employees needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay at home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent further infection in your workplace. See additional information on government programs supporting sick leave and worker’s compensation for COVID-19.

Businesses are encouraged to enroll in the Blue Check Program, with provides a Public Health endorsement to businesses implementing health and safety practices to protect staff and customers. Go to for more.

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