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COVID-19 Resources

Reopening Your Business

 

Click here to download the Chamber’s publication – Stay Safe. Stay Local. Stay Smart. COVID-19 Guidebook for Reopening Your Business.

For a list of Mobile companies making masks and other PPE, click here. Note, this is a living document and will change as needed.

 

Below are a few links explaining the latest orders from Governor Kay Ivey. This is not a complete list and more clarification will be shared when available.

Guidelines for all Businesses

Guidelines for Athletic Facilities

Guidelines for Close Contact Businesses

Guidelines for Restaurants

Guidelines for Worship

Guidelines for Adult and Youth Sports and Activities

Guidelines for Child Daycare Facilities

Guidelines for Day and Overnight Camps, page 2:

Guidelines for Entertainment Venues, page 2

 


Enjoy Mobile with Confidence

 

Created in partnership with the City of Mobile, Downtown Mobile Alliance, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Mobile, “Enjoy Mobile with Confidence” is a local campaign designed to highlight health best practices local businesses are using to keep customers and employees safe in a variety of sectors.

Below is a list of downloadable posters you can print and hang in your place of business to give customers the confidence they might need that your business is practicing safe health measures. The Chamber has a supply of printed materials at the office, 451 Government St., in you cannot print on 11 x 17 paper.

Build confidence among your employees and with visitors and post one in your storefront today. There are several customized options including: general business, retail, hotel and restaurant.

 

These are the links to the signs:

General     Hotel    Restaurants     Retail

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
FOR REOPENING AND KEEPING A SAFE WORKPLACE

The majority of these recommendations come from the aforementioned sources. This playbook provides specific measures for business categories to aid in a safe,
thoughtful reopening. The specific recommendations in each category support the overall goal of opening businesses in a way that protects employees and customers
from exposure to COVID-19 and helps prevent the virus’s spread. Individuals’ temperature standards as used in this report will be in accordance with directions
from Alabama State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris, and the Alabama Department of Public Health.

It is also important that businesses take responsibility to ensure they have adequate supplies for their employees and customers such as soap, disinfectant, hand
sanitizer, paper towels, tissue, face masks, etc. Companies should keep a minimum of a 15-day supply at all times.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. The
hazards addressed by protective equipment include physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazards, and airborne particulate matter.
Businesses should keep a minimum quantity of 15-day supply of PPE. PPE can include masks, face shields and gloves.

NOTE: Gloves put employees at higher risk of exposure and are not recommended for general protective use for the following reasons:
• The COVID-19 virus does not harm your hands, so gloves provide no protection, and touching your face with contaminated hands, whether gloved or not, poses a significant risk of infection.
• Gloves often create a false sense of security for the individuals wearing them; people are more likely to touch contaminated surfaces because they feel they are protected from the virus because of the gloves when in reality, they are not.
• When wearing gloves, people are less inclined to wash their hands; this is counterproductive and puts others at higher risk; we want people to wash their hands because it is the number one defense against any virus.
• Proper removal of gloves takes training; if contaminated gloves are not removed properly, employees are exposed to greater risk.

REMEMBER: PPE IS ONLY EFFECTIVE IF IT IS WORN CORRECTLY. TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES IN CORRECT PPE USAGE.

Cleaning and Disinfecting After Opening

CLEAN
Clean surfaces using soap and water. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. High touch surfaces include: tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

DISINFECT
The use of an EPA-registered household disinfectant is recommended. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many
products recommend:
• Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label)
• Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use. Water-diluted household bleach solutions may also be used if appropriate for the surface.
• Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection, and ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Some bleaches, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing or for whitening may not be suitable for disinfection.
• Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute. Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.


Monitor and Detection

One of the difficulties about COVID-19 is the long incubation period, which is the period from initial infection until the onset of symptoms. One can be harboring the virus inside his or her body and not know it; all the while, it is possible to spread the virus to others. (CDC Protecting Yourself and Others)

Should self-distancing fail to prevent the spread of the virus, it is also important that employees be monitored/observed/screened for the display of symptoms. This can include several aspects:

    • Self-screening
    • Observation of symptoms by co-workers
    • Monitoring of symptoms (including fever) by employer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELF-SCREENING AT HOME
One of the most vital aspects of detection involves self-screening. In order to adequately communicate these procedures to employees, the employer should issue a self-screening checklist to all employees for voluntary, home self-screening prior to returning to work. (CDC Guidance for Business Plan and Response)

The screening should consist of the following questions:

1. Do you have a temperature of 100.4 farenheit or greater?
2. Do you have a cough?
3. Are you experiencing a shortness of breath?
4. Are you having difficulty breathing?
5. Are you experiencing unusual fatigue?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” employees are requested to stay at home until ALL THREE of the following are true

  • You have been fever free for at least 72 hours (three full days) without taking medication such as acetaminophen or aspirin to reduce fever
  • Other symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath are gone
  • It has been at least seven days since your symptoms first appeared, or you have been tested for COVID-19 and had two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart

Preparing Your Space

Before reopening, you must sanitize your business to limit the spread of germs to your employees and customers. Keep this process limited to as few people as possible.

  • Disinfect your business before anyone returns to work. Sanitize and disinfect all areas, giving special attention to tools, workstations and equipment, restrooms, food service
    areas, common surface areas, phones, computers and other electronics.
  • Replace HVAC air filters or clean/disinfect existing filters. Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.
  • Put tight controls in place on who enters and exits the site during the cleaning shutdown. Limit the number of workers during this time.

 

 

 

 


Sources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  https://www.cdc.gov/
Alabama Small Business Commission Emergency Task Force: https://ltgov.alabama.gov/
Food and Drug Administration (FDA): https://www.fda.gov/
Alabama Department of Public Health: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: https://www.uschamber.com

 

Additional information may be found in this document supplied by HUB International Limited.
Resuming Business Guide – April 30, 2020


Contact Information

The Mobile Area Chamber reopened its office for staff on May 1, moving to a blended work from home/office schedule. The building remains closed to visitors and meetings, however we are committed to working toward a full reopening, and will keep you up-to-date with changes. We continue to be available via email and phone. Find the directory to reach us here.