How do I re-open my Ohio business post-COVID19?
April 30, 2020
The Miami Valley Small Business Development Center has summarized the current timeline and guidelines for Ohio businesses to re-open from COVID19 closures.
“To reduce transmission of the Covid-19 virus, social distancing and heightened hygiene practices will remain with us for the foreseeable future,” Kim Woodbury writes. “The good news is that Ohio is striving to get our economy started again by incrementally opening businesses.”
Below is the general information about reopening, but you can find industry specific requirements here.
“I want to reiterate that if you need help with your business or are struggling please reach out to us,” she continues. “We can help you with the difficult decisions, help you navigate cash flow challenges, and generally assist you as you work through an uncertain future.
Contact an SBDC rep:
• May 1, all health procedures and operations that do not require overnight stay in a hospital can continue to move forward
• May 4- general offices and manufacturing, distribution and construction companies will be allowed to reopen
• May 12 -retail, service and consumer businesses will be allowed to reopen
• Schools/daycares, bars/restaurants, personal beauty services, & entertainment/recreation/gyms are among industries that are not yet allowed to reopen. Find more info here.
5 Protocols for all Businesses
• Require face coverings for employees (multiple exemptions from this requirement exist) and recommend them for clients/customers at all times.
• Conduct daily health assessments by employers and employees (self-evaluation) to determine if “fit for duty.”
• Maintain good hygiene at all times – hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing.
• Clean and sanitize workplaces throughout workday and at the close of business or between shifts.
• Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.
• Establish maximum capacity at 50% of fire code.
• And, use appointment setting where possible to limit congestion.
Actions when a COVID-19 Infection is Identified
• Immediately report employee or customer infections to the local health district.
• Work with local health department to identify potentially exposed individuals to help facilitate appropriate communication/contact tracing.
• Shutdown shop/floor for deep sanitation if possible.
• Professionally clean and sanitize site/location.
• Reopen in consultation with the local health department.