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Kick Start Caldwell

May
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2020
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An Initiative to Move Business Forward in the City of Caldwell

Purpose: Reopen Caldwell’s economy in a safe, organized and effective manner while helping businesses utilize tools that will help them succeed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overview: Kick Start Caldwell (KSC) is the answer to a charge created by Caldwell’s leadership to provide a program that will assist businesses with guidelines, best practices, and marketing resources they need to quickly, effectively, and, more importantly, safely “Kick Start” their businesses based on Governor Brad Little’s Rebound Idaho plan. The KSC committee is in the process of activating as many resources as possible that can assist in communicating this charge to the business leaders and citizens of Caldwell. A website featuring this information will be created on behalf of the business groups participating in this initiative. Kick Start Caldwell asks employers, employees, and consumers to pledge to work together in a concerted effort so that businesses and communities can resume normal activities as quickly and safely as possible. This information will be comprised on a single website (KickStartCaldwell.com) and we will continue to review ways to effectively communicate these standards to employers, employees, and consumers through checklists, signage, social media, and public service announcements.

Wide-ranging employee protection measures include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Posting signage on the storefront stating that individuals who have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 should not enter the store
  • Limiting the number of individuals inside the store to 50 percent of fire capacity occupancy or 8 customers per 1,000 square feet
  • Encouraging customers to use hand sanitizer upon entering the store
  • Encouraging employees to wear facemasks or gloves
  • Ensuring sales registers are at least six feet apart
  • Ensuring employees access to hand sanitizer or a place to wash their hands
  • Frequent cleaning and sanitizing of point-of-sale equipment
  • Encouraging customers to make non-cash payments
  • Sanitizing the entrance/exit doors at least three times per day
  • Encouraging workers to report any safety and health concerns to the employer
  • Restaurants

Employee protection measures include but are not limited to:

  • Posting signage on the door that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 is permitted in the restaurant
  • Limiting the number of customers in the restaurant to those that can be adequately distanced six feet apart (could be demarcated with KSC sticker marks)
  • Marking any indoor or outdoor waiting area so that social distancing standards are met, and allowing one member of a party in waiting area while other members of the party wait in the car
  • Limiting tables to no more than six guests per table (to be administered during stage two beginning on May 16)
  • Encouraging employees to take a food handler class to learn more about food safety as it relates to COVID-19
  • Recommending employees to wear masks at their discretion
  • Cleaning and sanitizing high customer contact areas (i.e., door entrances) every two hours
  • For carryout orders, employees will be required to wear masks and gloves. Employees will remove and discard gloves once returning from the delivery.
  • Manufacturing/ Industrial

It is recommended that manufacturers create an internal reopening plan that includes the following:

  • An inbound parts/materials/packages disinfection strategy
  • A transportation contamination mitigation strategy
  • Recommending employees to wear masks at their discretion
  • An on-site health screening strategy (to be performed internally)
  • A social distancing strategy based on the layout and workflow of the facility (outlined with KSC designation markers)
  • An isolation strategy for a potential COVID-19-infected employee or contaminated facility
  • Medical and Health Services

The recommendations include measures for the protection of staff and patients. Recommendations include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing services by appointment only and communicating any necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements to the patient for the appointment;
  • Closing the waiting room except that one person per patient will be permitted only if necessary (i.e., parent with child or caregiver for patients with disabilities);
  • Requiring persons accompanying patients to wait in the car;
  • Requiring temperature checks and health screenings for patients before entering the place of business;
  • Requiring that employees use PPEs;
  • Limiting the contact between administrative staff and patients, such as eliminating check-in forms when possible and emailing, air-dropping or mailing receipts to the patient; and
  • Presenting post-operative instruction and written prescriptions to the patient while wearing gloves.
  • Entertainment

For the purposes of this area, entertainment venues include gaming facilities, exercise facilities, museums, and event centers. The proposed recommendations include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Requiring all staff to use PPE “as deemed necessary”
  • Taking employees’ temperatures or performing a health screen prior to entering the facility or venue (except for exercise facilities)
  • Encouraging the use of touch free payment options
  • Frequent cleaning and sterilization of high touch areas
  • Adding hand sanitizing stations for both customers and employees
  • Ensuring food service areas adhere to the same guidelines as restaurants, including limitation of seating
  • In addition to employees performing regular cleaning of equipment, customer assistance would be expected with cleaning equipment after each use.
  • No food products would be consumed on the premises by employees or customers, and employees and customers would bring their own beverages.
  • Protective measures for exercise facilities and gaming facilities would include placing equipment and machinery six feet apart to maintain social distance.

5)   Commercial Real Estate

For commercial real estate, regular face-to-face meetings, interactions, and teamwork in close quarters is typical. The KSC recommends the following practices:

  • Requiring masks if working with others
  • Providing handwashing stations on construction sites
  • Sanitizing all materials and tools delivered by a third party
  • Having the construction foreman notify all employees verbally and in writing of the measures

EMPLOYEE PROTECTIVE MEASURES:

  • Employees to wear PPE when possible.
  • Practice sensible social distancing, maintaining six feet between co-workers.
  • Employees who have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to work
  • Provide a place to wash hands or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Train workers in proper hygiene practices (West Valley Medical Center/ Southwest District Health/Central District Health online programs)
  • Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns to the employer.
  • A KSC poster will be posted on the store that individuals who have a fever, cough or any sign of sickness should not enter.
  • Employees will have access to hand sanitizer or a place to wash their hands.
  • Employees will be required to take reasonable steps to comply with guidelines on sanitation from the Center for Disease Control and Southwest District Health/Central District Health.
  • All persons in the store will be required to maintain a social distance of at least six feet between another person. Sales registers must be at least six feet apart.
  • Point of sale equipment will be frequently cleaned and sanitized.
  • The entrance/exit doors will be sanitized routinely.
  • Stores will encourage customers to make non-cash payments.

CUSTOMER PROTECTIVE MEASURES:

  • No employee who has a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 will be allowed to work.
  • Door entrances and exits will be sanitized at least three times each day.
  • Customers will be required to use hand sanitizer upon entering the store.
  • Customers should consider using face coverings while in public.
  • The number of people inside a store will be limited to 50% of fire capacity or 8 people per 1,000 square feet.
  • The store will provide access to hand sanitizer and trash receptacles.
  • Store employees will enforce social distancing of at least 6 feet between people. Stores with higher traffic will mark spaces 6 feet apart at the sales registers and outside the entrance to the store.
  • Sales registers will be located at least 6 feet apart.
  • Point of sale equipment will be frequently cleaned and sanitized.

*These recommendations are based on information provided by Southwest District Health, Central District Health, and West Valley Medical Center.

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The City of Caldwell, in partnership with the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, Destination Caldwell, West Valley Medical Center, Southwest Idaho Manufacturers Alliance, the College of Idaho, and other community organizations, individuals and industry experts, are offering this comprehensive program to help businesses navigate the reopening process and promote their business to customers.

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