Perhaps you’ve been under a lockdown as imposed by your local authorities, or perhaps you’ve locked down the business out of your own volition. Now, however, you might be looking at opening those doors and welcoming customers again. Some businesses might be able to survive just fine by transitioning entirely to remote working, but you might not have the same privilege. If you are going to open again, however, how do you ensure you’re committed to doing it as safely as possible?
A lot of businesses that have had to shut down for any amount of time are still dealing with the financial impact of lost revenue, even those that have had some state assistance. For that reason, it’s wise to look at where you can cut costs. However, it’s essential that you cut costs responsibly, in a way that will minimize long-term detriment. Avoid making cuts that are going to overly affect your ability to generate the revenue you need to keep going in the long-term. Consider your projections and which investments are essential for meeting them as best as possible.
Uphold the best standards of cleanliness
The contamination of surfaces and materials in the workplace is going to be one of the highest risks of transmission. To that end, you want to ensure that your employees have the peace of mind to work by relying on things like restoration services, establishing a deep cleaning protocol that you then go on to upkeep. This is especially important if your business has been the potential site of any cases of COVID transmission in the past, as well.
Look at local assistance
Most businesses look at larger-scale programs aimed to help them protect their employees and gain access to emergency loans, but it’s possible that there may be some assistance on the local level for you to take advantage of, as well. Take a look at grant program and non-profit assistance trackers available on the net. They could help you find some financial help to keep your business up and running until you’re able to get your revenues back to steady levels and help you invest in essential protections.
Plan for another lockdown
There are no concrete indications that another lockdown will be coming again in the future but that doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen. The likelihood of this depends on how effectively your local area is able to manage the spread of COVID-19. However, you need to ensure that you’re ready for the potential of another lockdown unlike the last one. How will you scale back your business? How can you go remotely? Are you able to cut costs to deal with lost revenue as quickly as possible? You need answers to all these questions.
Your business is going to have its own unique levels of risk to deal with, so the tips above are not a comprehensive approach to opening up safely. They are, however, a start, so be sure to implement them.