The Covid-19 pandemic was initially reported by the WHO in 2019. It has since been more than a year since we’ve had to painfully adjust to our new normal.
During this time, we’ve seen losses of lives that number in the thousands, if not more. We’ve seen economic struggles like never before. All in all, it has been an extremely trying time for everyone.
Despite this, we must carry on. We must take care of each other within our communities. Local stores are a very important part of that. So in this article, we will be discussing some safety tips for your store during the pandemic.
Let’s begin with the basics.
1. Invest in Masks and Sanitizer
First thing’s first. Covid-19 has a harder time spreading if people wear masks. You can read about the effectiveness of masks here, if you need a refresher.
Providing your staff the means to protect themselves from the deadly virus is an important thing to do for many reasons. First and foremost, there is the humane reason. We should all do our part to protect each other from the spread of the virus. Secondly these staff are putting themselves at risk by working, so protecting them should be a high priority.
Hand sanitizer is another modern essential as of Covid-19’s global debut. Asking all customers to use it upon entry also helps slow down the spread.
Having a no mask, no service policy might prove controversial but will ultimately save lives.
2. Be Flexible with your Frontline Staff
Frontline staff face a great deal of risk every time they go to work. They are exposed to people from different groups, who may have in turn been exposed to many more people. This increases the chances of infection exponentially.
Due to this, it is in your best interest to be more flexible with frontline staff. If they are under quarantine, you should be understanding of their circumstances. After all, if they were to come in sick, they would spread the virus to more people, including other staff.
It is also important to mention that the pay these staff take home is vital for their survival. You should try not to cut their pay if at all. If you are able to weather this by supporting the staff you have, you will undoubtedly gain their loyalty and appreciation.
3. Invest in Delivery
The delivery business has been booming of late. With everyone being stuck inside either voluntarily or through government curfews has resulted in an increase in ordering items home.
Now is the time to invest in ways to do deliveries. You should look to expand or repurpose what you already have to fit a delivery model better.
Another priority should be to protect your staff who do deliveries. Providing them with masks and gloves could help a lot.
Another thing that can help is setting store policies of delivering to the doorstep and never inside. This prevents contact with more people.
4. Expand Online
Related to delivery is the idea of the online storefront. By having your products displayed online, you are able to reach more people. Perhaps even more people than through your physical shop.
There are many successful stores that do their business online only. This only proves the viability of the Internet as a means through which to do business. So even if you want to maintain your store in real life, it never hurts to invest in an online storefront as well.
Being accessible through an online storefront protects your staff and customers from unnecessary contact. And during this pandemic, that’s a great relief.
And there you have it! Our picks for some safety tips for you and your staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We mourn all the lives lost so far and pray for the safety of everyone out there. If we all take steps to protect ourselves and each other, hopefully we will all be safe.
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