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  • Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business

    A guide to helping businesses of all types and in all regions navigate the complex process of reopening and evolving post-coronavirus pandemic.

    In the early months of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted wide-sweeping shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders across the United States. Now, as parts of the country look to start relaxing these strict measures, small business owners need to think about what's next and how they will adapt and move forward safely and sustainably.

    COVID-19 has impacted every business differently. Some were able to shift to a remote work model, while others adjusted operations or closed their doors entirely. Factors that have impacted businesses' timelines and their abilities to resume "normal" operations include:

    • The status of any existing stay-at-home orders in their state(s) of operation. See the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's State-by-State Reopening Guide for details on reopening plans in your state.
    • The severity and volume of COVID-19 cases within their locale.
    • Whether the business has a physical location.
    • The ability to enforce proper social distancing (at least six feet between individuals) within the business location.
    • The level of contact with customers and other employees (e.g., beauty salons and gyms with direct physical contact vs. retail stores and restaurants with indirect contact).

    One thing is true across the board, though: Every business  will face tremendous challenges as our nation begins the path to recovery, while still facing the public health threat of the virus.Read More