What industries are affected by Phase One of the Federal guidance for reopening?

Under the Guidelines for Opening America Again, states and regions who meet a specific criterion:

  • Symptoms: Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period and downward trajectory of COVID-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period.
  • Cases: Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period or downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period.
  • Hospitals: Treat all patients without crisis care and robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing.

Federal guidelines urge State and local officials to tailor this criterion to local circumstance, and governors should work on a regional basis to meet the above criteria.

In Phase One, businesses may begin to reopen, but the guidelines outline best practices for the following industries:

  • Schools, Organized Youth Activities, Daycares: Any places currently close should remain closed during the first phase.
  • Senior Living Facilities and Hospitals: Visitors should be prohibited and those who interact with residents or patients must follow strict hygiene protocols.
  • Larger Venues (Movie Theaters, places of worship, arenas, etc.): All can operate if strict social distancing protocols.
  • Elective Surgeries: Allowed to resume on an outpatient basis at facilities meeting CMS guidelines.
  • Gyms: Can reopen if sanitation protocols and strict physical distancing is practiced.
  • Bars: Should remain closed.

During all three phases of Opening Up America Again, employers are recommended to develop and implement policies in accordance with Federal, State, and local regulations and guidance, as well as industry best practices in regards to PPE, social distancing, temperature checks, sanitation, and disinfection of high-traffic areas. Employers should continue monitor their workforce for symptoms, and train their employees to recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

If the infection rate continues to drop and regions enter Phase Two, we’ll see bars reopening, schools welcoming students back, larger crowds gathering, and traveling resuming. To get there, it’s critical Phase One businesses reopen safely.


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