As states begin to reopen and loosen restrictions on public gatherings and business closures, employers are seeking to get back to a semblance of normalcy. However, at least in the near term, it appears that business will not be business-as-usual. Social distancing, personal protective equipment, and other protective measures will be the new norm. As a result, company outings and events will look very different for the time-being.
There is a confusing array of local, state, and federal guidance that has been issued on maintaining safe business practices, aimed at reducing the transmission of the virus. Businesses should seek to comply with these requirements in the workplace and especially during any company gatherings. This means employers and employees can expect more sophisticated virtual participation options, smaller satellite events, and a careful examination of the return on investment from attending. Please visit the CDC website for the latest guidance on event risks as this is information that is constantly changing.
In general, the total guest count should allow individuals to remain at least six feet apart from each other. Rather than focusing on an ideal number, event organizers and administrators should focus on the ability to reduce and limit contact between people. The more interactions between people, the more closely and longer the interactions occur, the higher the risk of spreading COVID-19. Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces because indoors can be harder to keep people at least six feet apart and the ventilation is not as good as it is outdoors.
Employers should check state, county, and city rules regarding any current restrictions limiting the number of attendees at events.
Consult with local public health officials and continually assess, based on current conditions, whether to postpone, cancel, or significantly reduce the number of in-person attendees (if possible) at an event or gathering. When determining if you should postpone or cancel a large gathering or event, consider the:
The CDC offers employers the following tips when hosting employee outings or events:
For additional health and safety considerations, visit the CDC website.
The pandemic has forced employers to explore work-from-home options, relying heavily on Wi-Fi, streaming, and video conferencing. There’s no doubt that business travel and meetings will look very different when we come through the other side of this crisis. Smart event organizers also realize that budgets are tightening so they need to offer compelling virtual participation options.
Amy assists clients with identifying and mitigating risk, resolves carrier loss prevention recommendations, develops and implements safety programs, evaluates training needs and delivers customized training solutions.
Amy assists clients with identifying and mitigating risk, resolves carrier loss prevention recommendations, develops and implements safety programs, evaluates training needs and delivers customized training solutions. She brings a practical approach that has been developed in the real world which translates into improving client safety performance. Amy’s strengths include developing safety programs compliant with OSHA and DOT regulations, conducting management and employee training, organizing and leading safety committees, enhancing safety awareness and building safety cultures and facilitating carrier loss control inspections.
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