Reopening Businesses – Broker and Employer Resources
Reopening Businesses – Broker and Employer ResourcesMay 23, 2020
On May 4 Governor Newsom announced the state’s plan to gradually reopen businesses. California is currently in Stage 2 – the limited reopening of lower-risk businesses that began May 8, 2020. There is no official date for when the third and fourth stages will begin.
Below are the resources that will help you and your clients reopen.
Governor Newsom’s Four-Stage Plan to Gradually Open The State
Stage 2 (Effective May 8, 2020)
Lower-risk businesses can reopen with social distancing guidelines.
Businesses That Can Reopen State-Wide
- Essential businesses.
- Curb-side retail.
- Manufacturing and logistical supply chains supporting the reopening of retail businesses.
- Childcare for those outside of the essential workforce.
- Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged).
- Select services: car washes, pet grooming, and landscape gardening.
- Outdoor museums, open gallery spaces, and other public spaces with modifications.
Before Reopening, The State Requires All Facilities Must:
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.
- Implement individual control measures and screenings.
- Implement disinfecting protocols.
- Implement physical distancing guidelines.
Counties with Approval to Move Faster Into Phase 2
Some California counties have received state approval to move faster into Stage 2. As of May 14, these counties are Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba-Sutter.
On May 18, Governor Newsom announced relaxed criteria for counties to move more quickly into Phase 2. It’s expected that many more counties will shortly join the above list. Check back for updates.
Individual counties may have additional rules. Links to local public health departments can be found here.
Business Types That Can Open in Counties with Approval to Move Faster Into Phase 2
In addition to the state-wide list of business types that can open in Stage 2, the business types below can open in counties that have received approval to move faster into Stage 2:
- Destination retail (retail stores), including shopping malls and swap meets.
- Dine-in restaurants (other amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted in Stage 2).
Resources for Brokers and Employers
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response:
– Resilience Roadmap
– Resilience Roadmap County Variance
- Cal/OSHA: Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Businesses and Workplaces: Plan, Prepare, and Respond
- Prepare Your Small Business and Employees for The Effects of COVID-19
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020
- General Business Frequently Asked Questions
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- COVID-19 Control & Prevention, including guidance for specific worker groups and their employees.
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Health Insurance Carriers
- COVID-19 Return to Work Playbook
Planning for the next normal at work.
- Workplace Reentry Essentials
A checklist for returning to the workplace safely, effectively, and compliantly.
- 5 Employer Considerations to Return to Worksite
- UnitedHealth Group and Microsoft Collaborate to Launch ProtectWell™ Protocol and App
California Chamber of Commerce
US Chamber of Commerce
American Industrial Hygiene Association
- Back to Work Safely™. Includes industry-specific guidance for businesses to safely reopen.
- Post-Pandemic Back-to-Business FAQs for Employers, Fisher Phillips
- How to Reopen, Morgan Lewis
- Return to Business and Post-Pandemic Planning Checklist, Seyfarth Shaw
- COVID-19: Return to Work Considerations: Postings and Policies (2 Minute Video)
- We are reopening after business closure due to COVID-19. Can we bring some employees back, but not others?
- Can we screen employees returning to work for COVID-19?
- Which California counties are reopening?, Los Angeles Times
A very informative breakdown of the status of reopening businesses by county.
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