By Jeff Slawson, originally published in WKBW on May 12, 2020 4:00 AM, updated May 12, 2020 5:19 AM.

Four things Western New York businesses can do to be ready for the reopening

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As the official date for Western New York businesses to reopen is uncertain, there are some things businesses can be doing now to prepare, according to Phillips Lytle partner James Grasso.

  1. Have proper PPE ready: Safety and sanitation is needed in the workplace. Grasso anticipates that Gov. Cuomo will mandate a proper amount of PPE available. He suggests stocking up now.
  2. Ensure social distancing for employee: “How are you going to keep employees six feet apart?” Grasso explains. “Stagger shifts, shut down lunchrooms, (the reopening will) lessen the amount of people employers can have in the workplace at one time.”
  3. Make sure you are able to take the temperatures of employees: “Plan on how to take temperatures, screen employees and visitors,” Grasso said. “All of that information needs to be kept confidential, so you’ll want to make sure you have policies in place to handle that in compliance with the law.”
  4. Have communication established if an employee contracts COVID-19: “If an employee exhibits symptoms then there needs to be protocols to put them out of work and keep them home for the required quarantine,” Grasso said.

Preparing with these four steps now will allow a business an easier chance to reopen with the rest of Western New York.

These are only a few of the many things businesses can do.