Here's what retail stores in Canada will need to do when it's safe to reopen
Regions across Canada are beginning to see a loosening of restrictions around non-essential retailers, meaning stores must soon learn to operate in a completely new way and prepare for a re-opening, mid-pandemic.
To help them navigate the new landscape, the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has released a new guide for retailers as they open the doors of their brick-and-mortar businesses once more.
The RCC's COVID-19 Response Planning Guide was created by compiling data from companies already operating in countries that have lifted restrictions on commercial sectors.
It offers Recovery Checklists & Templates, which highlight potential issues and proposed plans, with suggestions that include:
A social distancing and sanitation checklist for employers includes some key tips:
The report also offers several poster templates that remind employees and customers about social distancing best practices during the pandemic.
Along with the checklists are two recovery "playbooks", which teach brands how they can ensure the safety of both their customers and employees, from guidance on payment procedures to confirmed case responses.
Retailers can access all of the RCC's resources by signing up and downloading on their website, which also offers regional updates on non-essential retailer restrictions across Canada. There are four more playbooks to be released in the coming weeks.
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