It has been nearly a year since we started hearing covid-19 for the first time. Businesses have opened their doors, closed them and worked remotely in response. Florida has decided to move forward and many businesses are either open or preparing to be open. Regardless of your status, here are some tips to get your business back up so that your employees and customers are safe.
1. Pre-Opening Protocols and Procedures
Before sending your employees to work, make sure that you are developing new behavior protocols for person-to-person interactions and building requirements. You will likely need to make decisions on wearing masks, setting up plexiglass barriers and other prevention techniques outlined by the CDC as best practices to reduce COVID transmission. Make sure that your employees know exactly how you intend to conduct business moving forward to reduce any potential instances of exposure.
2. Pre-Opening Preparation
Business is not going back to normal any time soon. Certain measures must be taken to prepare the building for the new processes and protocols that will be necessary to comply with local government, CDC and internal business guidelines. We have already discussed plexiglass barriers and masks, but here are a few other items to consider when preparing your commercial building to reopen.
- Touchless Faucets
- Motion Sensor Soap Dispensers
- Water Bottle Filling Stations (in lieu of a traditional water fountain)
- Revamped Layouts to Reduce Customer Bottle Necking and Increase Social Distancing
- Touchless Hand Sanitation Stations with Antibacterial Wipes and Hand Sanitizer Gel
- Use Electrostatic Disinfection Sprayers
Through remote monitoring and camera technology, CFLSS can provide dynamic camera systems that can keep real-time counts of how many people are in your building and can even provide thermal imaging solutions to check a person’s temperature as they enter. Provide peace of mind to your employees and customers while making your facility as safe as possible.
[callout] With the potential for guidelines to change and a second wave of COVID-19, it’s important to work with a company that has the knowledge and flexibility to move with the changes.
3. Integrated Janitorial Services
Now is not the time to cut costs on your janitorial strategy. Consider utilizing integrated or 3rd party janitorial services to aid in your quest for ongoing and deep cleanliness. Integrated facility services allow you to have completely trained and certified janitorial experts who work directly with your operations team to ensure pristine conditions for your building. Together you will develop an ongoing cleaning strategy that includes what to clean, how often to clean, cleaning procedures, preferred cleaning products and any other important decisions that impact the safety and health of the people walking into your building.
4. Be Ready to Pivot
If you have completed items one through three, then you are well on your way to a safe reopening reducing the liability and general risk of your businesses and those in your care. However, the situation with COVID-19 is still fluid and new research appears every day. Be prepared to make adjustments to your plan, procedures and cleaning practices.
Go With the Experts
With the potential for guidelines to change and the second wave of COVID-19, it’s important to work with a company that has the knowledge and flexibility to move with the changes. For nearly 20 years, Central Florida Store Services has been providing general contracting, mechanical contracting, HVAC and refrigeration services for the Florida market. They have delivered over 16,000 service calls to this day and have developed a strong reputation for service quality and customer service. Its business model is designed to be a one-stop-shop for all facility needs, creating more time and maximum value to its clients.