In addition to the work of the health care industry when a pandemic hits, businesses play a critical role in protecting the health and safety of employees, and limiting the negative impact on the economy and communities. They also need to have business continuity plans that will minimize the impact on the business itself and facilitate a speedy resumption of activities if the business has been forced to scale back or close during the pandemic. Preparedness, not panic, is the best way to mitigate the risks posed by a COVID-19 pandemic to the Canadian economy and our citizens.
As more states issue “stay-at-home” orders to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, a majority of retailers have shuttered all of their stores – for the first time ever. With the retail industry facing unprecedented pressure to keep up with the daily changing landscape, the following best practices address the primary issues retailers are grappling with daily.
Pennsylvania’s twelve operating casinos closed in Mid-March 2020 due to
the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has endangered the health of people
throughout the world, caused economic distress and placed thousands of
Pennsylvania’s casino-related employees in unemployed status. As conditions
throughout the Commonwealth improve and the reopening of casinos is authorized
by Pennsylvania’s Governor, the Board desires to assure that re-openings occur in
a manner which promotes the safety of casino patrons and employees alike as well
as assure an environment conducive to proper regulatory oversight. This
document, which sets forth protocols for reopening and obtaining Board approval
to reopen, reflects both of those concerns.
In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO stated there is a high risk of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading to other countries around the world. WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
However, long term success cannot be taken for granted. All sections of our society – including businesses and employers – must play a role if we are to stop the spread of this disease.
Farmers markets are a valuable resource for food supplies during times when social distancing is required. They are considered essential businesses, similar to grocery stores. Farmers markets are encouraged to operate if they are able to implement required social distancing and sanitation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Contact your local health department for additional information specific to your farmers market.
OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces during these unprecedented times. The agency will be issuing a series of industry-specific alerts designed to help employers keep workers safe.
If you are an employer in the retail industry (e.g., pharmacies, supermarkets, and big box stores), the following tips can help reduce your employees’ risk of exposure to the coronavirus.
In light of the COVID-19 situation, The Greenbrier has taken a number of proactive steps to help ensure the health and safety of our guests and Team Members. Precautions such as constant sanitization of public areas, increased attention to high-touch areas in the rooms, limits on the number of guests in particular areas and screening and protective gear for our Team Members are in place. Each department throughout the resort put a significant amount of time and thought into policies for their areas, and guidelines from local and national health officials were consulted in every instance. We are confident in our plan and excited to welcome your group.