It may have seemed longer, but Alberta has only been under emergency public health order CMOH 07-2020 since March 27, three weeks ago. Although businesses can start applying for Federal assistance, now is also the time for smart businesses to start planning for recovery. Although many of my clients are deemed essential services, everyone is being impacted by the financial impacts of COVID-19. Often seriously.
The first question is timing – when will business be returning to normal?
Let’s first be clear and honest: We will not be going back to normal;
we will be moving forward to a new normal.
- There will be no vaccine likely for another year, if it is possible to produce one
- Resurgences will continue until a vaccine is widely available or 70-80% of people have had Covid-19
- For 70-80% of Albertans to get Covid-19 naturally at 10,000 case/month, it would take 30 years
- Up to 10% of people contracting the disease will die, unless a better treatment is found
- The disease is contagious even before symptoms appear, and may mutate
- Re-engineering your business to reduce physical contact
- Creating new Policy Controls to ensure the site is clean and safe from the virus
- Using Personal Protective Equipment properly
So, when planning your business’ restart, now is the time to ask yourself:
- Do I know how best to re-engineer my business to create safety for employees and customers?
- How do I document, implement and enforce procedures to keep the virus out of my business?
- What new PPE do I need and how do I handle it differently to control the spread of the virus?