With many businesses still needing to adjust the way they function due to COVID-19, it may be easier for your business to continue running with its operations outside rather than trying to have people come inside of your establishment. But before you can do this, you’ve got to make sure that you have everything in place to make this work.
To help you with this, here are three things that your business needs to start operating outdoors.
Room To Work
Before you can take part of your business outside, you’ve first got to ensure that you have the room that you need to work.
According to SCCGov.org, you’ll still need to keep enough distance between your employees and your customers when moving part of your business outdoors. So if space outside of your business is limited, you might need to consider moving to another location to move your operations outside. But if you have a place outside where you can spread out with your business and still keep everyone safe, then you may be able to start operating your business outdoors while we get through this challenging time.
A Temporary Structure
For most businesses, you’re not going to be able to just bring things outside without setting up some kind of temporary structure to protect your products and your staff or customers.
When trying to find the right temporary structure for your business, you’ll want to make sure that your structure will work for the exact type of business that you’re running. For example, if you’re in foodservice, you’ll need to create safe areas where people can eat outside as well as wait to get their food. Or, if your business is in retail, you’ll need to find a structure that will give you enough space between your products and will allow for foot traffic to safely flow through the space.
Some Form of Ventilation
One of the main reasons why having your business outside is safer than bringing people inside your establishment is because there’s more airflow outside than there is inside. Knowing this, SF.gov shares that you’ll need to do everything you can to maximize ventilation when working outside.
As for your structure, you likely won’t want to have four walls because that will severely hinder the ability to get food air flowing in that space. Additionally, you may want to bring in other forms of ventilation, like fans, to keep that air moving and keep your staff and your customers safer when in your outdoor area.
If you’re thinking that you can bring your business outside in order to stay open during the global pandemic, consider using the tips mentioned above to ensure that you have everything you’ll need to safely do so.