The UK Government has recently announced a second lockdown, in order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and reduce the pressure on the NHS, which is already overburdened during the winter.
If you’re a business owner providing an essential service, and simply don’t have the option to work from home, then you may be feeling especially stressed right now as things keep changing, and you need to make sure that you’re safe during the lockdown.
If Coronavirus has taught us all anything, it’s that we need to be washing our hands more.
Happy Birthday handwashing aside, hygiene is something that has and always will be important, but now it’s just that some extra measures need to be taken as a precaution.
To get started on the right foot, a good idea would be to give the premises a deep cleaning before returning. Ideally, you should consider a commercial cleaning service to help with this, but if that’s not an option then you can certainly do it yourself.
Implement social distancing:
Whilst the rules on social distancing have been relaxed somewhat, it’s still important to maintain as much distance as realistically possible. Initially what was 2m (6ft), has in some places been reduced to 1m or 1.5m, so you really have to look at the space you have available and determine the best way to go about that without going against the rules.
One way many places like shops are dealing with limited space for keeping a 2m distance between customers and staff is to limit the amount of people allowed inside at once to 2-3 people and having a one way system.
Of course, again, how you do this will depend on your business.
Provide masks & hand sanitizer:
When it comes to your staff, if you’re requiring them to continue to work through the lockdown, then ultimately it’s your responsibility to make sure it’s safe for them to do so.
Providing things like hand sanitizer stations and access to face masks, visors or screens is something that you’ll need to consider before asking staff to come in.
You can also opt to have additional supplies such as hand sanitizer for customers to use when needed.
Set clear rules with staff & customers:
Especially when it comes to retail, people have been acting crazy since this pandemic started – just look at all the panic buying and acting like the world was on the verge of an apocalypse – so it’s more important than ever to really set some rules for how your business will operate.
This is something all businesses should always have been doing, but for the most part, until there’s some kind of crisis or mass panic, people are generally quite respectful. If you’re running an essential retail business, then make sure that you’re clear with your staff and set out rules for clients.