HOW TO RE-OPEN YOUR BUSINESS AFTER A PANDEMIC
The pandemic that we are facing right now has a big effect on all of us. This crisis gave so many burdens in every part of the world. One of the most overblown is the economy, businesses, and entrepreneurs that forced to be closed during the pandemic. Although, it was just a safety measure that we needed to follow to prevent the infection of the virus.
We are glad that here in our country (Philippines) has recovered and re-open the businesses this GCQ. However, we should follow the right social distancing and proper hygiene implemented by the government. Here are some tips to have a COVID-safe business that you should note.
- Make sure of a safe service
If you decide to finally come back on your business operations, make sure that you have safety measures in your store or place. It’s for your protection and the people around your area. You can set a budget for the tools or gear, or you might be creative.
You may see some stores put the chairs 6ft away from each other to have a social distancing. Some put plastic covers as a screen on the counter to avoid staff getting too close to the customers. And big restaurants and fast food chains do not entertain dine-in customers; they are more into encouraging door-to-door deliveries.
You can also make a signboard or a poster that reminds your staff and customers to follow and practice the rules. Be sure to provide masks, gloves, and alcohol for your employees for their safety.
- The skeletal workforce approach
If you have five employees in your coffee shop, make sure that they are not distant from each other. You can use a skeletal workforce, in which employees usually have a work schedule to be followed.
This approach usually applied in stores, offices, and service businesses which are like to have a lot of employees. Some big companies also offer a shuttle or vehicle for their employees who lived from a distance. This will give you a good impact as a good business leader which ensures the safety and protection of your people.
- Make a partition or divider
This idea usually uses in restaurants and coffee shop who considers dine-in customers. If you are running this kind of business, place a glass or plastic barrier between the tables and chairs to avoid spreading the virus on your customers and visitors. Make a section or quarter exclusively for your employees, to ensure that they are distant from the customers.
In this way, you can get back to business without harming your staff and loyal customers. Other countries also apply this method to gain back their lost profits because of the pandemic.
- Always disinfect your place
Of course, this is the most important thing you should do before and after your daily operations. Disinfecting and cleaning your place is a must, especially in dine-in stores and offices that are open to receiving visitors.
Make sure that all parts of the place, including things like doorknobs, should be sanitized as well. Given the fact, that the virus can stay longer in the objects we normally use and touch. This will keep your place a “COVID-free”.