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    San Francisco Reopening Offices: What It Means For Your Company

    Posted by Samantha Johnson

    Posted on 17th Jun 2020 in Office Culture, Office Furniture Industry


    The Bay Area is slowly returning to some semblance of normalcy as the novel coronavirus still looms in the background. Several California counties gave the green light for numerous businesses to reopen with certain restrictions on Friday, June 12. The Stage 3 plans allow bars, gyms, movie theaters and a few other industries to operate across the state. But all of them will look different from pre-lockdown days.

    Some form of the words cleaning and disinfecting show up several times in the state's reopening guidelines. Hand sanitizer must be readily available for all gym goers, as must disinfecting wipes or sprays with paper towels. Saunas and steam rooms must remain closed until further notice. Bars that do not serve food reopened on Monday. Patrons will be screened for coronavirus symptoms upon arrival. Masks are required whenever you're not eating or drinking. State guidelines also mandate partitions between pool tables and video games.

    Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties are among the Bay Area regions approved for Stage 3 reopening. Thus far only Solano County is allowing gyms to reopen. All three counties reopened wineries two weeks ago, but bars in Sonoma County remain closed. All other Bay Area counties are moving at a much slower pace. Contra Costa County is currently planning a July 1 reopening date for bars. San Francisco County is being even more cautious with its tentative "mid-August" reopening date for bars.

    A major breakthrough is happening this week in San Francisco County. A limited number of office personnel are being allowed to return to work. The City and County of San Francisco released updated guidelines on June 12 to facilitate reopening. Here are some of the highlights.

    Limited capacity

    Full staffs are not expected to return to the office anytime soon. The current guidelines allow up to 20% of workers in a given space. Social distancing is required, thus all workers must maintain six feet of separation between them. Company must reduce the number of employees in the office if social distancing cannot be properly facilitated. Small companies with 20 or fewer employees can welcome back full staffs if they can maintain social distancing.

    Clearly posted protocols

    You see this already in grocery stores, restaurants and other establishments. Office buildings now require social distancing guides, meaning the tape on the floor that shows the 6-foot distance, "wash your hands" signs in the restrooms, etc. Masks are required, as is readily-available disinfectant and hand sanitizer. Temperature checks are not required. But many large Bay Area companies, including Salesforce, are requiring temperature checks on their own volition.

    Measures to prevent unnecessary contact

    Some additional measures include:

    *Tell Personnel and patrons to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet, except Personnel may momentarily come closer when necessary to accept payment, deliver goods or services, or as otherwise necessary.

    *Separate all desks or individual work stations by at least six feet.

    *Place markings in patron line areas to ensure six foot social distancing (inside and outside).

    *Provide for contactless payment systems or, if not feasible, disinfect payment systems regularly.

    *Maintain plexiglass or other barriers between patrons and Personnel at point of payment (if not possible, then ensure at least six foot distance).

    Eco Office has been busy throughout the lockdown, providing offices, restaurants, stores, etc. necessary services like installing plexiglass sneeze guards, retrofitting cubicles with plexiglass barriers and providing office partitions. Turnaround times are currently 5-7 days, depending on job size and complexity. Give us a call today at 408-437-1700 to speak with a project manager.

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