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Businesses no longer operate the way they did previously. COVID-19 has almost rewritten unspoken rules of how daily functioning needs to be done. Because of how contagious the coronavirus is, people have been either furloughed or let go entirely.

But as restrictions start to ease, allowing employees to go back to work, is there now a new set of rules that need to be followed. Here’s how entrepreneurs can protect their small businesses from the coronavirus.

Allow Employees to Work Remotely
Working remotely means that people are allowed to work from the comfort of their homes. This policy not only complies with CDC guidelines, but it can also reduce the spread rate. And while the economy cannot remain closed indefinitely, health and safety should always come first. That means coming up with ways to keep employees working while maintaining their well-being.

Establish a Plan
Seeing as how the coronavirus hit unexpectedly, the same can be said for the future. No one knows what will happen in the time to come. So, establishing a well-thought-out plan is the best course of action. This plan can include staying six feet apart, implementing sanitizing stations, and even rearranging the layout of the business. 

Consider Applying for Loans
Without funding, being closed for three months can ruin a small business. Thankfully, the U.S government had recently passed a bill that would disperse emergency funding to many small businesses. These relief funds will help keep the business up and running. More importantly, it will also allow the employees to be paid until the business reopens.

Stay in Touch With the Employees
Finally, it’s important to always stay in touch with the employees and update them on what’s happening. For example, if a business owner applies for the federal loan, they need to let employees know when to expect a paycheck will be sent. For those who are able to return to work, inform them of scheduling changes, and how it will affect their hours. 

As a whole, the world is just now starting to recover from COVID-19. And while some areas weren’t hit as hard as others, every business needs to have a reopening plan. Prior to reopening, create a strategy that will not only keep the business afloat but protect the employees as well.