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The State is implementing a phased approach to reopening the economy, balancing the need to restore and strengthen our overall social and economic wellbeing with the prevention of a resurgence of COVID-19 that would undermine or lose the important public health outcomes achieved to date.

Governor Scott’s Work Smart and Stay Safe initiative lays out how businesses can return to work. This resource is designed to be a one-stop portal of tools needed to comply with the Work Smart and Stay Safe initiative. Follow these steps to reopen.

  1. Read the memo to determine if you can reopen.
  2. Follow the health and safety protocols included in the memo.
  3. Train your employees using VOSHA online training.
  4. Create a health screening tool using the state’s pre-screening procedures and pre-screening health survey as a model.
  5. Post signage around your workplace to remind employees and visitors to practice proper hygiene and screen themselves.
  6. Be ready for a case of COVID-19 at your workplace by preparing to respond. Periodically visit the Department of Health’s website for the latest guidance, including information about employees safely returning to work and when employee testing is appropriate.
  7. Adopt or create a sector-specific reopening and training plan.

Note: Reopening and Training Plan Required

The Work Smart and Stay Safe initiative requires businesses that closed for 7 days or more to adopt or create a sector-specific reopening and training plan before reopening. Download a template and model plans.

Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Consider how the re-opening process and operational changes might impact compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The health and safety guidance provided by ACCD does not negate any obligations as outlined by the ADA. Refer to A Primer for Small Business for additional information.

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