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Reopening: Guidance for Small and Medium Sports and Entertainment Venues

“Small and medium sports and entertainment venues across the United States (U.S.) have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most, if not all, were deemed “non-essential” in the U.S. by state and federal governments, resulting in employers halting operations and closing workplaces. Currently, many states are in the process of trying to re-open parts of their economies which includes some non-essential businesses. Sports and entertainment venues, one group of non-essential business, are currently navigating this reopening process. However, these venues are prone to crowding; therefore, they should approach reopening with a heightened level of caution.”

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Reopening: Guidance for General Office Settings

“Companies across all industries and sectors have been affected to some extent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many were deemed “non-essential” in the United States (U.S.) by state and federal governments, resulting in employers halting operations and closing workplaces. The reopening of office workplaces should be conducted in a thorough manner accounting for several factors before employees are allowed to return. Employers in office settings should not only address preparing the workplace for operations to occur during a pandemic (e.g., enhanced disinfection measures), but also the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) of the workspace. For such businesses with indoor workplaces, IEQ is a concern for buildings that have been unoccupied and/or dormant for extended periods. Employers should also consider the comfort of employees as they return to work because they may be in a heightened state of concern. Putting in place thoughtful measures to ensure employees are well-positioned to transition back to work with minimal disruption is important.

With restrictions beginning to lift, employers are challenged with difficult questions pertaining to preparing the office to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission during operations and addressing IEQ concerns before reopening.”

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Reopening: Guidance for Gyms and Workout Facilities

“Gyms and workout facilities have been very challenged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these businesses have been viewed as “non-essential” by state governments and are closed. Many have been forced to lay off or furlough key staff members, which may complicate re-opening as states start to relax shelter-in-place and stay-at-home restrictions.

With such restrictions beginning to lift, gym owners are faced with difficult questions that should be addressed before reopening.”

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Returning to Work: Construction Environment

“According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), much of the construction industry has been identified as critical infrastructure and essential business. According to CISA, these are sectors “whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof”.

The construction industry serves as the backbone for many supply chains, construction, and specialty contracting organizations and have adapted rapidly to the changing health and safety challenges that SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 have introduced.

Construction firms have taken risk management frameworks used to control high risk work activities and shifted that same mindset and framework to the health-related risks of COVID-19. Even though construction markets remained somewhat open under critical infrastructure, construction projects have implemented unique solutions in order to adapt and manage worker health for return to work as well as managing schedules with an impacted workforce.

With stay at home and shelter in place restrictions beginning to lift, construction companies are faced with difficult questions that must be addressed as they transition back to normal operations.”

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Reopening: Guidance for Childcare Centers

“The ability of daycare and childcare centers to provide parents, guardians, and families with childcare services has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In some areas, childcare centers have been deemed “essential” by state and federal governments and have continued to provide childcare services (particularly for healthcare and other essential workers). Others were viewed as “non-essential” and their staff have been out of work during the shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders. This document is intended to provide guidance for a range of child care programs including home-based childcare programs, private child care centers, Pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, childcare centers operated by municipalities, or those partnering with healthcare facilities for the children
of essential workers (i.e., first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, or other essential industries where a parent cannot stay home). Reopening and maintaining safe childcare facilities after a closure requires several considerations.”

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Reopening: Guidance for Business Services (Banks, Notaries, Title Companies, etc.)

“Small and medium (especially non-chain) establishments such as banks, notary offices, title companies etc. have been very challenged during the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses supply a service which in many cases involves a face-to-face interaction to complete a critical transaction that does not involve the hands-on purchase of tangible goods and services. Many establishments have been creative in encouraging online transactions, drive-thru services, and the utilization of video tools (e.g., FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype) to provide personal customer service. However, many have been forced to lay off or furlough key staff members, which may complicate reopening as states start to relax shelter-in-place and stay-at-home restrictions. With such restrictions beginning to lift, these owners are faced with difficult questions that must be addressed before reopening”

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Reopening: Guidance for At-Home Service Providers

“At-home service providers, including residential tradespeople, have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have been deemed “essential” by state and federal governments and have continued to provide their services to residential customers. Other at-home service providers were viewed as “non-essential” and have been out of work during the shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders. Many businesses have been forced to lay off or furlough key staff members, which may complicate a return to work as states start to relax shelter-in-place and stay-at-home restrictions. At-home services is represented across a multitude of sectors, including home-health care. However, the guidance discussed in this document does not address home-health care (for more information on home healthcare visit CDC’s
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Reopening: Guidance for the Restaurant Industry

“The restaurant industry has quickly adapted to stay at-home or shelter-in-place orders across the U.S.
Many establishments have come up with unique solutions such as: offering reduced menus, drive-thru or curb-side pick-up, using apps and texts to manage orders, no contact delivery, combo or boxed meals that fare better in to-go containers, and even implementing robotics for food handling.
The industry has also stepped up to support communities, including donating food at risk of going to waste to local food banks, and offering free coffee and snacks to essential workers such as police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, and hospital employees.
With stay-at-home restrictions beginning to lift, restaurant owners are faced with difficult questions that must be addressed before reopening”