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Calgary Chamber offers tips for businesses preparing to reopen

Last Updated May 1, 2020 at 7:47 am MST

FILE PHOTO: Calgary Chamber in downtown Calgary. (PHOTO: Sandra Prusina, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – With Alberta’s relaunch strategy now official, many Calgary businesses are preparing to open their doors.

The Calgary Chamber of Commerce has now put together a list of tips and resources to help stores operate during the pandemic.

Calling it “Powering Up”, the chamber says the first step of any business relaunch is to create a task force to implement a COVID-19 strategy and stay up to date with the federal and provincial guidelines.

Businesses should also use the proper protective equipment, develop a screening protocol for employees and perform a deep clean of the workplace.

Physical distancing rules need to be in place and only one point of entry should be considered.

If employees are sick, the chamber recommends you follow the Alberta Health guidelines and stay home.

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When it comes to customers, a sign should be outside a business outlining expectations for distancing and how many people can be inside along with hand sanitizer stations at the entrance.

Sales registers should be at least six feet apart and avoid cash exchanges, opting for tap payment instead.

Businesses should provide home delivery or drive-through service if possible.

The chamber says business owners need to be flexible and prepared to close again if cases of COVID-19 spike in the future.