COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses and Employers
The Village of Bensenville is closely monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact on our business community. The following resources and guidance are intended to assist businesses and employers as they plan for recovery and reopening.
Governor Announces Anticipated Phase 3 of Restore Illinois Plan to Begin May 29
On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced that the Chicago region, including Bensenville, is on track to move from Phase 2 to Phase 3 of the State’s 5 Phase Reopen Illinois Plan, along with certain modifications. This action is pending continued trends of decreased COVID-19 statistics. Specific details on the implementation of how Phase 3 will be subject to rules from the Illinois Department of Public Health that have not yet been announced. The Village will continue to share information and updates about how Phase 3 will affect local businesses. Read the guidelines for reopening businesses and returning people to work safely.
Workplace Health and Safety Guidance for Employers and Staff of Business
All businesses and employees should be implementing the policies and guidance listed below to prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19. Essential services should do this now and all other employers should prepare their spaces for reopening.
- Coordinate with state and local health officials so timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses.
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home. Employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e., cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.
- Employees who have symptoms should notify their supervisor and stay home. Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps.
- Educate employees about how they can reduce the spread COVID-19 and the steps they can take to protect themselves.
- Consider regular health checks of staff and visitors entering buildings.
- DuPage County Health Department Health Screening Form
- Illinois Department of Public Health Symptom Monitoring Form
- Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies.
- Consider enforcing a limit on the number of customers and visitors allowed in the workplace.
- Businesses must comply, to the greatest extent feasible, with social distancing requirements. This means you should:
- Reduce occupancy to 50% if your business is an essential retail store.
- Ensure at least 6 feet of physical separation is maintained between employees, customers, and worksite visitors.
- Mark with signage or tape 6-foot spacing for employees and customers to maintain appropriate distance from one another.
- Provide face coverings to employees, especially when it is not possible to maintain at least 6 feet of space between them and another person. Educate employees about how they can safely remove and dispose of PPE. For further guidance concerning the use of face-coverings, please visit the State’s FAQ for businesses here.
- Provide handwashing stations with soap, clean water, and single use paper towels and encourage frequent handwashing for 20 seconds or longer.
- Provide hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) & sanitizing products for employees and customers.
- Perform routine environmental cleaning and disinfection of all frequently touched surfaces.
- Prepare for possible increased numbers of employee absences.
- Review and update your organization’s Emergency Operations Plan.
- Please review the industry specific guidelines released by the State of Illinois for more information regarding criteria for reopening, such as social distancing and maximum capacity measures for staffing and visitors, as they pertain to your type of business.
For more information on how businesses can plan and prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak, please use the below the resources:
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (CDC)
- Workplace Health and Safety Guidance for Employees and Staff of Businesses (IDPH)
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (OSHA)
Additional Guidance and Resources for Businesses Preparing to Reopen
- Protect Your Business: Small Business Resiliency
- Resources provided by America’s SBDC to help guide small businesses develop and implement an actionable business resiliency plan.
- Implementing a National Return to Work Plan
- This memo prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce explores some of the major implications of returning to work in this environment—ranging from workplace safety and employee rights to liability concerns and continued revenue disruptions.
- Reopening Guidance for the Restaurant Industry
- The National Restaurant Association partnered with representatives of the FDA, academia, the Conference for Food Protection, Ecolab, public health officials and industry representatives to develop a set of opening and operating guidelines to help restaurants return to full operation safely when the time comes.
- Operation Open Doors Checklist
- A checklist put together by the National Retail Federation that highlights key topics to consider as retailers seek to re-open operations.
Impact Relief for Businesses
All types of businesses have been impacted by State Executive orders, and there are a variety of resources designed to help assist. For additional information, please contact our Community and Economic Development Department at (630) 350-3413 or visit the Business COVID-19 Impact Relief page.
Do you believe a business is not allowing for safe social distancing or that it is not maintaining a safe sanitary work environment to minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19? Contact the Workplace Rights Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office at 844-740-5076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.