Reopening Guidelines


Checklist for safely and successfully reopening retail businesses.

By Staci Jennifer Riordan, David Kaufman, Brian Alcala, and David Allswang

Several states are now amending their shelter-in-place orders to allow for many activities, including non-essential retail businesses to re-open in some fashion even during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Appropriately, Colorado Governor Jared Polis used ski analogies to discuss his state’s approach to ending the lockdown—“We’re on the bunny hill right now. The Safer-at-Home phase
is the ‘green circle’ beginner ski slope. No double-black diamond or terrain park, or we’ll be seriously hurt. If we’re falling down on the green, it means back to the bunny slope.” But, as some states are just reaching their peak rates of deaths and infection, many are reluctant to loosen any restrictions. There is no uniform standard approach for allowing non-essential retail businesses to operate.

As retailers contemplate re-opening their shuttered businesses, we have put together the below checklist of items to address prior to or while re-opening up their brick-and-mortar operations.

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