BIA COVID-19 Afternoon Update | 3/25/2020

There have been so many orders and news releases and articles that it is HARD to keep up with what is real and what isn’t during this crazy time. That’s why, everyday, at the BIA we’re watching the Mayor’s Press Conference, the Governor’s Press Conference, the President, and any other releases we get from local governments. We’re tracking all that information so you don’t have to – and then we’re sending you what you need to know. As a BIA member, we want you to have access to the information most important to your business.
Right now, businesses providing “construction or maintenance of residential, commercial, or governmental structures, including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, landscaping, moving and relocation services, necessary for sustain the safety, sanitation and operation of structures may remain open.”
Right now.
But that comes with a BIG responsibility.
As a business that may remain operational, you MUST adhere to the following requirements:
  1. Ensure physical separation of employees and customers by at least 6 ft. when possible
  2. Ensure employees practice appropriate hygiene measures including regular, thorough hand washing or access to hand sanitizer
  3. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces
  4. Permitting employees to work from home when feasible
  5. Identifying any sick employees and ask them to leave the premises
  6. Post signage forbidding sick persons onto the job site (a sample may be found here)
You can – and should – also institute practices that screen employees for illness. Whether you use a questionnaire or ask them to report their temperature when they report to work, there are measures you can take as an employer to ensure your staff is healthy.
Again – you MUST adhere to these requirements or our entire industry may not be able to continue to operate. If you see our industry partners not adhering to these types of requirements, please urge them to do so. Immediately.
If you cannot adhere to these requirements and feel you must make other decisions for your business, please know that there are some resources available to you. The Small Business Administration has disaster relief loans (not grants) available. Take advantage of these opportunities while they are there – they may not be available in the coming months.
We’ve never been here before – and hopefully we’ll never be here again. In the meantime, as I said yesterday, assess your business. Call your banks. Call your insurance company. Call your suppliers. Try to develop a plan for your business so you can operate after this storm passes.
At the BIA, we’re here for you.
Call me or email me with any questions or help you may need. No matter the topic. If you’ve called me with a general question and I haven’t answered yet – please know that means that we’re still trying to find the truthful answer.
Stay safe out there,
Juva Barber
BIA of Greater Louisville

502 458 0032 – mobile

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