CBM Daily Digest

Coping with COVID: Distancing For Saftey

The CDC has issued guidelines for businesses on how to conduct themselves in this crisis, you can find that here. In general, if you are allowed to remain open right now, you have to ensure that employees and customers maintain 6 feet of distance between them, if possible. The distancing rules also apply to staff. As crazy as it may sound, this is the time to find ways to do as much with fewer people on the floor. Handshakes, fist bumps, elbow taps should all simply be avoided.

In our ongoing series, we’re attempting to bring some sanity in best retail practices in these very trying times. In this installment, we will focus on distancing rules.

6 Feet Apart

The CDC has issued guidelines for businesses on how to conduct themselves in this crisis, you can find that here. In general, if you are allowed to remain open right now, you have to ensure that employees and customers maintain 6 feet of distance between them, if possible.

For starters, one of the easiest things to do is mark 6-foot increments on the floors with tape, especially if you anticipate any sort of line at your business. Some businesses are asking customers to wait in their cars (with deli-style tickets) to help enforce distancing rules. Some retailers are moving things like ATM machines, pin pad readers for POS are closer to the customer and further away from the employee.

Distancing Staff As Well

The distancing rules also apply to staff. As crazy as it may sound, this is the time to find ways to do as much with fewer people on the floor. Handshakes, fist bumps, elbow taps should all simply be avoided. Speak up, no one wants to lean in to hear a co-worker right now. Most importantly, anticipate movements in your environment so that employees can perform day to day functions without being near each other.

It’s not only the best practice to convey all of this information to employees but to reinforce it often. Now is not the time to have someone “not get it”, especially when most employees are at least partially preoccupied about what’s going on outside.

From Us To You

This is perhaps the most trying event in modern history. We know that in the end, everything will be OK again…not because we know something you don’t, but simply because it always is.

From all of us here at CBD Business Media, we applaud those of you who remain open to attempt to serve your communities and customers as best you can. We stand by those of you who have to temporarily close your businesses. Most of all, we hope that everyone stays safe healthy, and focused on a bright future beyond this crisis.

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