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Assessing Risk for a Reopening Business Amidst COVID-19

By Vincent Milano, FEMA:

As restrictions are gradually being lifted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released the Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19. Businesses looking to resume operations can use this toolkit to assess and mitigate their risk of transmitting COVID-19.

The toolkit consists of three parts. There is an Instruction Manual that provides an overview of the assessment and instructions for completing it using the other two parts, a Business Risk Worksheet and an Assessment Calculator. The worksheet and calculator are used to determine a score for a business’s risk of transmitting COVID-19, as well as its ability to modify operations to be safer.  To that end, the toolkit encourages the implementation of safety measures and the worksheet provides a template for building a mitigation plan to reduce risk.

For more information on topics related to this piece, check out the COVID-19 Special Collection, or visit the HSDL Featured Topics on Pandemics and Epidemics.

Download the Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19 here.

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