Roanoke County officials offer guidelines to business owners for Phase One of reopening


ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Following Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement of Phase One of Virginia’s reopening through Executive Order 61, officials with Roanoke County Economic Development issued a list of “best practices” for businesses.

With Executive Order 61, Northam not only announced Phase One of reopening businesses across Virginia — which is scheduled to take effect at midnight on Friday, May 15 — but he also offered guidelines for all business sectors

Roanoke County officials recommend business owners carefully read both the order and the guidelines in order to make sure they abide by all requirements for their respective industries. In addition, regardless of industry, Roanoke County Economic Development says businesses should continue to do all they can to combat the spread of COVID-19 by following best practices, such as:

  • Physical distancing: Require employees, vendors, and customers to adhere to physical distancing guidelines
  • Face coverings: Ask employees, vendors, and customers to use face masks where possible
  • Telework: Encourage teleworking where possible
  • Occupancy: Limit the number of people in a space to allow for appropriate social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning: Routinely clean and disinfect high-contact areas and surfaces
  • Hand sanitization: Provide hand sanitizer stations and supplies for use by employees, vendors, and customers

Officials say these recommended practices are meant to serve as reminders, but not as substitutes for the Northam’s guidelines, which should be followed carefully to ensure compliance and increase safety.

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