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Roundtable Members Prioritize Safety in Reopening Plans

Across Washington, businesses are planning for how they will ensure a safe, confident return for employees and customers. Here are just a handful of examples of how Washington businesses are putting workers and community first, and providing resources or guidance to others as they plan to reopen.

  • Nordstrom shared its phased approach to thoughtfully reopen stores in a way that prioritizes the health of its employees and customers. The company is working to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing through employee health screenings, providing face coverings, allowing for social distancing, increasing cleaning and sanitization, modifying the fitting-room experience, continuing to offer contactless curbside services at certain stores, and more. More here.
  • Starting in early May, Starbucks began responsibly reopening over 85 percent of its company-owned U.S. stores, with the expectation that 90 percent of stores will be open by early June. The company is adapting protocols that have worked in China, where more than 98 percent of its stores are open. Stores will follow enhanced cleaning protocols and offer drive-thru service and optimized mobile ordering for contactless pickup and delivery through new app features. CEO Kevin Johnson’s letter demonstrates Starbucks’ appreciation for its employees and its dedication to remaining a “third place.”
  • McKinstry provides expert HVAC “must-dos” and recommendations for a safe return to the workplace after buildings have been mostly vacant for weeks or months. McKinstry addresses timely questions about building capacity and virus-laden particles. Read the blog post to learn what should be done with air filtration, ventilation, and other components of HVAC systems.
  • Alaska Airlines is transporting critical supplies, welcoming those who need to travel, and setting new standards around social distancing and cleanliness to keep guests and employees safe. This includes mandatory masks for all guest-facing employees, and beginning May 11, mandatory masks for all guests. See president Ben Minicucci share how the company is providing “next level” care here, and get answers to mask FAQs here.
  • As an essential service provider, Avista is taking a “measured, gradual and strategic” approach to returning to business, and is prepared to continue doing important work that can be completed safety. Avista employees may soon be seen trimming trees, maintaining natural gas infrastructure, supporting construction projects and more.
  • On May 5, Everett Clinic reopened for select in-person primary, specialty, and surgical care. In addition, the clinic continues to offer virtual care 7 days a week.

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