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Business owners across the US are still in recovery after the damaging effects of COVID-19.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, many cities and states throughout the US are gradually finding their way back to normalcy. Offices and businesses aren’t precisely what they were before, but strides have been made to restore the economy and those that have held it up through the pandemic (namely small business owners and entrepreneurs).
Firstly, there are mask and capacity guidelines that business owners have to keep in mind. For those who are fully vaccinated, face coverings are no longer required. Furthermore, businesses can set their own rules if they’d like, so long as they don’t go against federal, state, or local laws. Capacity limits are also varied according several factors, some of which are set federally, and others which are set by industry (more on that below). Moreover, social distancing and other general safety guidelines are still in play, and should still be heavily considered by small business owners.
Secondly, as alluded to previously, each state and even city has its own guidelines to follow, all of which can vary on a month-to-month basis. At first glance, all of these variables can make it seem that returning to the office safely requires in-depth training. However, following a few simple guidelines can make it so that you and your employees are back working, safely and productively. Before jumping to those, there’s one more base to cover!
Thirdly, and last, businesses have to abide by the restrictions that their industry sets. For example, restaurants and bars have different capacity limits and rules than retail stores do, simply due to the business type. States and cities take these into account when creating restrictions, but it is yet another piece to the puzzle that business owners have to consider when reopening.
For more information and a few key, industry-specific resources that business owners can reference when reopening their businesses, check out the full ChamberofCommerce.org guide by clicking the link below: