The CDC has issued interim guidance for businesses and employers, which includes considerations for determining how to respond to a potential #COVID19 outbreak. Some of the key considerations are:
- Preparing for possible increased numbers of employee absences.
- Increasing the physical distance among employees, such as flexible worksites (e.g., telecommuting) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts).
- Cross-training personnel to perform essential functions so that the workplace is able to operate if key staff members are absent.
- Changing your business practices to maintain critical operations (e.g., prioritize customers, or temporarily suspend some of your operations, if needed).
The CDC guidance also includes information on how to help prevent workplace exposure to respiratory illnesses like the flu and the novel coronavirus. Some of the key points from the CDC guidance include:
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
- Emphasize proper hygiene
- Perform routine environmental cleaning
- Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices before any international travel for the latest guidance and recommendations
In uncertain times like these, the Chamber is working to exercise its voice on behalf of our members and community in order to not only minimize the impact to our health and our economy, but also to chart a way forward to the strong and prosperous region to which we are deeply committed. To help communicate the steps your business is taking to play a role in the containment of #COVID19, the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce has put together a customizable bulletin for your business to post throughout your facilities.