The coronavirus is spreading at an alarming rate across the world and throughout the US. If you run a wellness business in New York, there are several preventative measures that you need to implement in order to create and maintain a safe workplace for you and your employees. To keep your team and customers safe during the coronavirus pandemic, here are 5 strategies you can take.
Communicate Regularly With Employees
If the New York Forward plan has allowed you to reopen your wellness business, it’s vital that you keep communication lines open with you and your employees. As an employer, it’s recommended that you provide your workforce with additional resources about the current situation so they stay in the know of the latest developments. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) have up to date and accurate information about the coronavirus pandemic on their website, such as coronavirus symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
Track Developments Daily
Employers are advised to check both the WHO (World Health Organization) and CDC websites frequently to know what strategies to implement to keep your employees safe. There is a ‘latest updates’ section on the CDC’s website that you should monitor on a daily basis, so you can be confident that you’re doing everything you can to minimize the risk of developing coronavirus. In addition to the resources listed, you may be able to obtain additional information from local and state departments of health.
Take Safety Precautions
If you have a land-based premises for your wellness business, it’s important that you implement the mandatory safety precautions. If customers visit your store, there are sneeze guards that you can install in areas where communication is vital. You should also adhere to the social distancing policy to ensure that customers and staff are at least 2 meters apart from each other.
Reinforce Good Hygiene Practice
To limit the risk of contracting coronavirus or it spreading throughout the workplace, there are several hygiene practices that you can reinforce. Employees must wash their hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or use a sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. Employees must also avoid touching their mouth, nose, and eyes, and ensure that coughs and sneezes are covered with tissues, or with their shoulder or sleeve. Any objects and surfaces in the workplace which are frequently touched must also be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
Encourage Sick Employees To Stay At Home
Following CDC’s guidance, you must actively encourage your team to stay at home should they develop coronavirus symptoms. If they have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus, they must stay at home and quarantine. If you allow a staff member to come in who is sick, they could pass on the virus to other employees and customers which can have catastrophic consequences for your business.
If you are ready to operate your wellness business, it’s important that you keep up to date with the guidelines laid out by the CDC and WHO. With New York State in the middle of its phased restart, putting all the advice above into practice will ensure you, your team and your customers are safe during the coronavirus pandemic.