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Arizona Reopening Checklists

Digital checklists to help effectively implement “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” Executive Order 2020-36

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Published August 4th, 2020

Arizona Business Reopening

All US states have been economically affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and Arizona has not been exempt. The government has had to declare temporary closure of businesses to minimize the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. As the state moves to its reopening phases, the government has allowed businesses to reopen with the continuous implementation of evolving restrictions. This move doesn’t guarantee, however, that the ongoing risks of the coronavirus have materially changed, so it is vital for businesses to ensure safety before commencing business reopening.

Arizona Reopening Guide

Arizonans are advised to follow guidelines from the federal government to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus. The Arizona government has 3 main goals in the mitigation of risk, namely: 1) widespread virus testing; 2) antibody test (rapid testing); and 3) contact tracing. As the state economy enters the first phase of its reopening plan, Arizonans are encouraged to “act responsibly.”

The Arizona Department of Health Services Guidance follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make an effort to have a safe and healthy environment for Arizonans. The “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” Executive Order 2020-36 will help business owners implement precautionary measures to protect their employees and customers.

General Guidelines

Arizonans are advised to stay home if they feel sick and wash their hands often, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces. They should practice coughing and sneezing etiquette and disinfect surfaces and oft-touched items as much as possible. When outdoors, it is advised to wear face masks, avoid touching the face, and stay at least six feet away from other people.

Business Guidelines

All businesses that operate in the states of Arizona shall develop, establish, and implement policies to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 prior to reopening. A business reopening plan should contain the following:

  • Guidelines for healthy hygiene practices
  • Intensified cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation inspection
  • Employee monitoring and emergency management
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) safety
  • Services plan including physical distancing, teleworking, and limitation of the congregation of groups of no more than 10 persons depending on the size of the location

Reopening Guidelines

In preparation for Arizona reopening, a refined plan is needed to ensure both employee and customer safety. If a business does not require in-person or on-site transactions, it can continue with a work from home arrangement, or if feasible, employees can return to work in phases. Precautionary measures and updates on business policies should be shared and communicated well with all employees. For employers with multiple branches, they are encouraged to appoint an authorized person to take appropriate actions outlined in their business infectious disease outbreak response plan, based on the condition in each locality.

In an effort to help business owners coordinate an efficient business reopening process, we compiled Arizona reopening checklist templates you can download for free and use with iAuditor by SafetyCulture.

 

Disclaimer: Please note that these checklists, while created with the latest best practices in mind, only provide the basic information and are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.

Author

Jona Tarlengco

SafetyCulture staff writer

Jona has been part of SafetyCulture for more than 2 years contributing her experience in writing quality and well-researched content. She usually writes a topic about risks, safety, and quality.