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  • Updated Guidance for Business Reopening and Economic Recovery

    Employers Group | 06/02/2020 | Blog, COVID-19, Featured

    Resources for Federal, California and all 50 States

    Updated June 1, 2020

    Since late May the national, state and local dialogue has sharply shifted from dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, the pandemic and “Stay at Home” orders to a dialogue about safe reopening strategies and procedures.  This will be no easier for employers to manage than the prior stages have been and, in many ways, presents even more potentially severe consequences.

    As we learned through our survey of almost 800 business leaders,  Access Member Executive Summary,  the top concerns for employers as they begin the reopening process are safety and compliance, yet about half do not have a clear understanding of what the requirements actually are.  And this makes perfect sense because the requirements are complex and can differ from location to location and industry to industry.

    Employers Group has reviewed, selected and grouped together (below) some vital resources in a National (federal) section, a California-specific section and a section with guidance for all 50 states.


    The CDC continues to provide very clear and specific guidance in support of the reopening of businesses.  In the most recent update, the CDC focuses on “a variety of measures for keeping people safe.”   These considerations include practices for scaling up operations, safety actions (e.g., cleaning and disinfection, social distancing), monitoring possible reemergence of illness, and maintaining health operations.

    Additionally, this update includes industry-specific guidance for:  schools and camps; guidance for reopening clinics: guidance for long-term care facilities: guidance for restaurants and bars; and, guidance for employers with workers at high risk.

    The full report can be located here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/php/CDC-Activities-Initiatives-for-COVID-19-Response.pdf#page=46


    Recognizing that, while all businesses share a common goal of reopening safely and effectively, the State of California, through the Department of Public Health, Department of Social Services, and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), has also recognized that each industry will have its own unique challenges for protecting employees and customers.

    In-line with the CDC Guidance, the state has issued very prescriptive and easy-to-follow industry-specific guidance and checklists for the reopening of California businesses.  It is important to note that, before reopening, all facilities must:

    1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
    2. 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
    3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
    4. Implement disinfecting protocols
    5. Implement physical distancing guidelines

    The CA industry-specific guidelines address the following industries:  Agriculture and livestock, auto dealerships, child care, communications infrastructure, construction, delivery services, energy and utilities, food packing, hotels and lodging, life sciences, limited services, logistics and warehousing facilities, manufacturing, mining and logging, outdoor museums, office work-spaces, places of worship, ports, public transit and intercity passenger rail, real estate transaction, retail and shopping centers.

    The full CA Guidance can be accessed here:  COVID-19 guidance and checklists for 20 different industries.


    All 50 states have established their own multi-phase programs for the reopening of businesses.  Below is a link to the resource for each state.  The information is very valuable for anyone doing business in the state.  If nothing else, we have to give them credit for the creative names!

    Here are links to information on the business and economic recovery programs for all 50 states:

    ALABAMA ALtogether
    ALASKA Reopen Alaska Responsibly
    ARIZONA Arizona Together
    ARKANSAS Getting Back to Business
    CALIFORNIA Resilience Roadmap
    COLORADO Safer at Home
    CONNECTICUT Reopen Connecticut
    DELAWARE Restarting Delaware’s Economy
    FLORIDA Re-Open Florida
    GEORGIA Guidance for Businesses
    HAWAII Reopening
    IDAHO Idaho Rebounds
    ILLINOIS Restore Illinois
    INDIANA Back on Track Indiana
    IOWA Reopening
    KANSAS Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas
    KENTUCKY Healthy at Work
    LOUISIANA Resilient Louisiana
    MAINE Restart Maine’s Economy
    MARYLAND Maryland Strong
    MICHIGAN MI Safe Start
    MINNESOTA Reopening
    MISSISSIPPI Safer At Home
    MISSOURI Show Me Strong Recovery
    MONTANA Reopening The Big Sky
    NEBRASKA Keep Nebraska Healthy
    NEVADA Nevada United Recovery Roadmap
    NEW HAMPSHIRE Stay at Home 2.0
    NEW JERSEY The Road Back
    NEW MEXICO Reopening
    NEW YORK New York Forward
    NORTH CAROLINA Staying Ahead of the Curve
    NORTH DAKOTA ND Smart Restart
    OHIO Responsible RestartOhio
    OKLAHOMA Open Up and Recover Safely
    OREGON Reopening Oregon
    PENNSYLVANIA Plan for Pennsylvania
    RHODE ISLAND Reopening RI
    SOUTH DAKOTA Back to Normal
    TENNESSEE Tennessee Pledge
    TEXAS Open Texas
    UTAH Utah Leads Together
    VERMONT Reopening
    VIRGINIA Forward Virginia
    WASHINGTON Safe Start
    WEST VIRGINIA West Virginia Strong
    WISCONSIN Badger Bounce Back
    WYOMING Transition