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Phases for Reopening the Economy

The President and the Center for Disease Control have worked in conjunction to develop the three phase Guidelines for Opening America Again. COVID-19 has caused many businesses to temporarily close, drastically adjust the way they conducted businesses and forced many to lay off or furlough workers. Now, we must think about the rebuilding process for the economy. While some shops won’t be able to reopen their doors for business, many are preparing for the day when they can welcome customers back into stores and restaurants. These phases will not go into effect immediately and they will vary depending on the severity of cases in each state, city or community.

Phase One:

  • When a state is deemed ready to enter phase one, residents will still need to follow guidelines of social distancing while in public, avoid social setting of 10 or more people, non-essential travel should be minimized and, if travel is required, individuals must follow CDC steps for self-isolation following a trip.

  • During phase one, businesses that are able should continue to encourage employees to work remotely. If employees are returning to work, they should do so in phases while providing maximum attention to sanitation of public spaces (i.e. break rooms and conference rooms).

  • Dine-in restaurants, larger venues and sports centers can start to reopen if they follow CDC guidelines. Likewise, gyms can reopen following sanitation and social distancing suggestions.

  • Bars must still only provide delivery and take out options during this phase.

  • Schools should also remain close.

Phase Two: 

  • When a state is able to enter phase two, vulnerable individuals should still remain in isolation. As more members of the community re-enter public spaces, social distancing should still be encouraged. Groups can increase to no more than 50 in size.

  • Non-essential travel can resume. Schools and camps can reopen, following CDC guidelines. Bars are able to have in-house guests with diminished standing room occupancy.

  • Businesses should still encourage work from home when able.

Phase Three:

  • In phase three, while those who are vulnerable no longer need to isolate, they should practice social distancing and minimize social exposure if not necessary.

  • Businesses that had employees working from home can reopen offices.

  • Movie theaters, bars and other venues can resume operation.