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Employer Resources: COVID-19 “New Normal” Planning

Challenge Seattle, Washington Roundtable Engage with Public Health and Business Stakeholders to Develop Recommendations for Washington Employers in Preparing for the Return-to-Work Phase of COVID-19 Response


Challenge Seattle and Washington Roundtable, working in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), have developed a set of recommendations for employers as they plan for the easing of “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” measures.  These recommendations – informed by close collaboration with public health, epidemiological, and care delivery leaders in the region – align closely with Governor Inslee’s plan for a safe, incremental, and data- and science- based return to work in a “new normal.”

The resources include checklists in three categories: Workplace Safety, Workforce Support, and Customer/Visitor Expectations. Baseline recommendations are also provided regarding protection of vulnerable populations (individuals 65 years or older and those with underlying health conditions) and employer involvement in testing, tracking, and tracing the virus. The checklists are not sector or activity specific. Instead, they provide baseline recommendations that individual businesses can tailor to their specific environments.

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“Priority one for employers across our state is to understand what they can and should be doing to prepare to bring employees back and reengage with customers as safely and confidently as possible, while following public health guidance. Our hope is these resources will help businesses prepare for when the state begins to move from an environment where only essential businesses can operate to one where safe businesses can operate.” – Chris Gregoire, Challenge Seattle CEO and former Governor of Washington State

“It is critical to note that this guidance is intended to benefit all employers and implementation will likely differ by environment. We wanted to use the best available data, coupled with input from public health officials and private sector learnings from experience in other markets, to give Washington businesses a head start on preparing to restart operations in this new environment.” – Steve Mullin, Washington Roundtable President

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Recover Together page.

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