COVID-19 BUSINESS PLAN AND PREPAREDNESS

COVID-19 BUSINESS PLAN TEMPLATE

EMPLOYER PREPAREDNESS PLAN REQUIREMENTS CHECKLIST

SOCIAL DISTANCING FLOOR STICKERS

Click Here > MN FIRE CODE WORKSHEET for Calculating Business Capacity

 

Beginning on June 10, 2020

Restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor service as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between tables
  • Limit indoor occupant capacity to no more than 50% up to 250 persons
  • Do not exceed 250 persons in outdoor spaces
  • Limit table service to 4 persons, or 6 if part of one family unit
  • Require reservations
  • Require workers to wear masks at all times and strongly encourage customers to wear masks when not eating or drinking

Gyms, studios and fitness centers can reopen as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Ensure social distancing (6 ft between persons) and limit occupant capacity to no more than 25%; not to exceed 250 persons for indoor and outdoor settings each
  • Strongly encourage that masks be worn by workers and users
  • Establish regular disinfection routine and train staff
  • Ensure ≥6 ft of distancing between equipment; greater distancing should be implemented for treadmills and other aerobic activity that encourages high exertion
  • Group exercise classes should only be offered if distancing requirements can be maintained and with no person-to-person physical contact

Seated and recreational entertainment and meeting venues can reopen as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Limit occupant capacity to no more than 25% not to exceed 250 persons
  • Ensure social distancing and a minimum of 6 feet between persons
  • Strongly encourage masks for workers and customers

Personal care services (such as hair salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors) can reopen to provide services indoor as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Limit number of clients inside the business at any time to ensure 6 feet of distance between persons except when providing services
  • Limit occupant capacity to no more than 50% not to exceed 250 persons
  • See clients by appointment only; do not allow walk-ins
  • Require workers and clients to wear masks at all times. For services where the client cannot wear a mask, the worker should add a face shield in addition to their mask.

Beginning on June 1, 2020

Restaurants and bars can reopen for outdoor service only as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between tables
  • Limit on-premises capacity to no more than 50 persons
  • Limit table service to 4 persons, or 6 if part of one family unit
  • Require reservations in advance
  • Require workers to wear masks and strongly encourage masks be worn by customers

Personal care services (such as hair salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors) can reopen to provide services indoor as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Limit number of clients inside the business at any time to ensure 6 feet of distance between persons except when providing services
  • Reduce occupant capacity to no more than 25%
  • See clients by appointment only; do not allow walk-ins
  • Require workers and clients to wear masks at all times. For services where the client cannot wear a mask, the worker should add a face shield in addition to their mask.

Ready for Business – What you need to know as you re-open

The biggest hurdle you will face is convincing the public that it is safe to shop Perham again. Following these suggested guidelines will show cohesive and thoughtful planning on the part of Perham businesses to keep your customers and employee safe.

Wording from the State website:  ( https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/safework/business/ )

Effective May 18, 2020:

  • All retail stores, malls and other businesses that sell, rent, maintain and repair goods can reopen for in-person sales as long as they:
    • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, including social distancing guidelines for workers and customers
    • Allow no more than 50% of the establishment’s occupant capacity inside at any time
  • All businesses that have been allowed to reopen under previous Executive Orders, including Critical Sector businesses and non-Critical Sector industrial and office-based businesses, can continue operations.
    • Industrial or manufacturing businesses can also reopen co-located retail facilities as long as they also follow the restrictions outlined in Executive Order 20-56.

Critical Sector businesses that were never closed can continue to operate under the guidance in Executive Order 20-48.

Effective May 4, 2020:

  • Customer-facing retail businesses that sell goods are permitted to engage in curbside or outside pick-up and delivery as long as they:
    • Do not permit customers to enter the business premises.
    • Have created a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that follows MDH and CDC guidelines and meets OSHA standards.
    • Are following the health and safety protocols outlined in EO 20-48, including conducting health screenings of workers.

Clarifications and Recommendations:

  1. Have a business preparedness plan:
    • Template and checklist: click above links
    • Take this seriously
    • Tailor it to your business
    • You do not need to submit it to anyone
    • Follow through with the plan
  1. Have social distancing measures set up:
    • Floor stickers or tape: click above link
    • Dividers at checkout
    • Aisle flow arrows
  1. Process for worker health screenings:

Per CDC guidelines, the following health screening questions should be asked, and the data collected needs to be protected under the ADA. If an employee answers yes to any of these questions, they should be sent home.

  • A new fever (100.4°F or higher), or a sense of having a fever?
  • A new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • New chills that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • New shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • A new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • New muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)?
  • A new headache that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • New loss of smell or taste that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

Businesses can use the MN Symptom Screener as an optional tool to help conduct health screenings.

 

  1. Other things to know:
  • If your business requires licensing from a state agency, make sure there are not additional measures you need to take in order to re-open.
  • A lot of these recommendations are just that, recommendations. It is up to each business owner/manager to establish a plan that fits their business.
  • We suggest talking to your business neighbors and collaborating to establish a cohesive plan for re-opening safely, there is strength in numbers and peace of mind knowing you’re not doing this alone.
  • Businesses that were included on the Critical Sector list and already open prior to April 27 are also required to comply with all CDC and OSHA guidance to ensure the health and safety of their workers, but are not required to create a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.