The COVID-19 pandemic has affected businesses of all sizes worldwide. Following the strict physical (social) distancing measures that were heavily enforced throughout countries worldwide, the world has seen many business closures and others struggling to stay afloat.
Though physical distancing measures have relaxed in many cities, it is important that businesses are diligent in preparing for what may come next. Epidemiologists are warning the public of a second wave of Coronavirus, expected to hit around the fall.
“Until we get the vaccine, I don’t think we can really avoid the second wave,” Epidemiology expert, Rama Nair tells CBC News. “[COVID-19] is not just going to disappear. We haven’t reached anywhere near the herd immunity that we require to avoid a second wave.” This statement should not frighten business owners, but instead, encourage them to be prepared and come up with a contingency plan should they face another COVID-19 lockdown.
What can businesses do to prepare for a second wave of Coronavirus?
Wondering how you can prepare your workforce for a potential second wave of COVID-19? Here are three ways you can ensure you and your business are protected and ready for a second wave of COVID-19.
1. Continue enforcing physical distancing measures in your business
Many businesses like restaurants and retail stores are operating at no more than half capacity with reduced hours. Setting guidelines around the number of customers permitted in your place of business can help enforce physical distancing measures more efficiently. Implementing this strategy can also provide you with adequate time to sanitize as needed.
2. Offer remote working alternatives if you can do so.
If your business can operate remotely, now would be a great time to prepare tools for your employees, clients and yourself to conduct business digitally. Setting up online collaborative workflow services, like Slack and Zoom, or having conversations with your team on how to work from home effectively would be a great start.
3. Offer alternative sales measures, such as online orders and/or curbside pickup
If your business sells physical products, such as food, drinks, clothing and other merchandise, utilizing sales measures such as curbside pickup can safely help your business offer service for both your customers and employees.
How to Begin Offering Curbside Pickup
Setting up online orders and curbside pickup can be both costly and time-consuming. While taking orders via phone is the route most small businesses take, it can become overwhelming and unorganized. JustPickup has made it easy for businesses to list products for online orders and curbside pickup without the hassle.
We’ve seen that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many operational restrictions for local businesses due to physical distancing protocols – which is why we’ve designed this simple, self-managed and cost-effective tool to help vendors prepare for the new normal and continue serving their customers.
JustPickup is free to use for up to 10 active product listings; for businesses interested in listing more than 10 products, paid plans start at $9.99/month and include a free 90-day, no-credit-card trial in support of businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.