Chamber of Commerce, West Alabama Works Release Business Guide for Reopening

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and West Alabama Works released recommendations for area businesses as they plan to reopen in the age of COVID-19. The Work Hard. Work Smart. Work Safe. playbook is free and available to members and non-members via the Chamber’s website.

“During these unprecedented times, our business community has struggled. We created this resource to help West Alabama businesses get back to work with the safety of employees and customers being the number one priority. This guide will be a supplement to the free programming we’ve offered for the past several weeks and will continue to offer,” said Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama President and CEO Jim Page. The Chamber provides weekly conference calls and webinars relating to COVID-19, such as updates from DCH Health System, tips on innovating your business and more.

The playbook is based on recommendations developed by the Alabama Small Business Emergency Task Force, which was led by Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, along with guidelines from the CDC and other federal, state and local agencies. It contains information on workplace cleanliness, the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE), tips on communicating with employees and information on hiring and re-hiring employees.

“Our industries have weathered various storms before, but the COVID-19 pandemic is unique. Our easy-to-use resource will help any business, from manufacturing plants to book stores, allowing them to prepare to reopen. Giving our businesses time to plan while they wait for a safe reopening date is crucial. The playbook will work as a living document, as we will continue to update as this situation evolves,” said Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer for the Chamber and Executive Director of West Alabama Works.

Download the playbook here.

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