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Requirements for Your Business to Reopen

The United States is still actively battling the Coronavirus pandemic, however, it’s never too early to determine your company’s plan to return to normal. And while most states are advising non-essential businesses to remain closed when remote working is possible, many are also offering preliminary guidelines and requirements for when all industries are allowed to return to the workplace.

In the state of California, where Kingston Smith Barlevi conducts most of our business, the state and the Department of Public Health have issued a number of resources to aid companies in getting started on the right foot.

The first item for consideration: “is your business or workplace within an industry that is permitted to reopen by both California, and the applicable county?” Here in California, where we’re currently in “Phase 2” – this means that retail, manufacturing, offices (when telework is not possible), outdoor museums, and limited personal services are allowed to be open if adhering to the safety requirements.

 It also states that before reopening, all facilities must:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
  1. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they are symptomatic.
  2. Implement individual control measures and screenings.
  3. Implement disinfecting protocols.
  4. Implement physical distancing guidelines.

For more information to ensure your company is in compliance with all California state requirements, visit

If your business operates in another state, we recommend you check your state government’s website for important details on reopening.