As the country begins to open up from weeks of shelter-in-place requirements, businesses of all sizes are wondering what they need to do to provide a feeling of safety and confidence for both customers and workers.

The challenge, however, is that the needs and requirements have not been defined and will likely vary from state-to-state and from business-to-business.

Many businesses have begun the process of establishing social distancing protocols by using tape on floors and self-made plastic guards at places like cash registers and order-pickup locations.

Preparing Your Business to Reopen

Get ideas on how you will need to change your business or shift your focus to address the new Social Distancing changes that are likely to occur.


Understand exactly where your team interacts with each other and with customers – mark those areas clearly with floor decals or wall signage and determine if you need acrylic dividers.

Determine foot traffic patterns for your staff, and ensure they are followed with floor arrow decals.

Ensure that all legally required, or CDC recommended signage, is clearly visible in all key areas. Are you only allowed to have a certain number of people occupying a space? Taking appointments only?

Above all, understand your space. Look at every room and area to determine exactly where you may need signage or dividers.


Communicate with your staff regularly and adapt as necessary.

Continue focusing on health and safety.

Creating new appropriately distanced environments.

Understand the customer experience. What is the first thing that you want them to see when entering your place of business? Make sure this message is clearly conveyed on entry doors, lobby areas, main counters, restrooms, etc.

If you’ve changed cleaning policies, make it known.

If face masks are required, make sure its posted at your entrance.


Make sure your social distancing plan is very clear to customers and employees with floor graphics and signage.

Where do people interact? In those locations that require a face-to-face interaction, add acrylic TeamShield dividers.

Ensure that you have the right cleaning supplies on site.

Consider having available hand sanitizer and masks for people entering your facility.

Re-evaluate often as time goes by. Regulations may change, and you need to be able to adapt quickly.


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