The purpose of this Guide to Safely Reopening and Operating Your Business is to provide businesses with the best known guidance to ensure consumer confidence and promote community health in the age of COVID-19. As North Carolina businesses prepare to open and resume operations, precautions and policy suggestions outlined in this guide should be taken to protect employees and customers.

These recommendations come from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), with additional guidance from local public and environmental health professionals. There are specific measures businesses of all types can take to aid in a safe, thoughtful reopening. The recommendations in each category support the overall goal of opening businesses in a way that protects employees and customers from exposure to COVID-19 and helps prevent the spread of the virus.

This guide was drafted by the Chatham County Economic Development Corporation in partnership with The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Carrboro Business Alliance, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Chapel Hill Economic Development, Chatham Chamber of Commerce, Chatham County, Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce, NC Works Career Center, Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Small Business Technology Development Center, Town of Carrboro Economic Development, and Town of Hillsborough Economic Development.

Recommendations for Opening

Maintain a Healthy Workplace

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General Guidance

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How to Clean & Disinfect

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Personal Protective Equipment

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Hiring Resources

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Guidance by Industry

Accommodations & Lodging

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Agriculture

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Animal Services

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Child Care

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Construction

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Entertainment & Attractions

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Financial Services

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Fitness Facilities

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Fitness Facilities: Pools

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Manufacturing

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Medical Services

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Medical: Dentistry

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Medical: Optometry

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Medical: Mental Health

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Offices & Professional Services

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Personal Care & Grooming

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Pharmacies

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Real Estate

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Restaurants

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Retail

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