Whitehouse COVID 19

Planning to Open

It is the goal of the Elmore County Economic Development Authority (ECEDA) and our partners to help Elmore County businesses reopen once Governor Kay Ivey issues a Reopen Order.

During the time leading up to a Reopen Order being issued, we want to encourage our businesses to consider what they may need to do in order to safely reopen their business to protect their employees and customers.

Once Governor Ivey issues a Reopen Order, ECEDA will continue to update the ReopenElmore.com website to assist our businesses in interpreting the provisions of the Reopen Order so they can operate their business in a compliant manner.

Business owners are resourceful and responsible. Here are some items to consider prior to the time your business can reopen so you can do so in a safe manner:

  • Consult OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 which will aide in operating a workplace that will ensure employee and customer safety.

  • Post a notice on the entrance of your building encouraging customers to call your business and not to enter if they have a fever.

  • Create and implement a Workplace Coronavirus Policy that could include checking employee’s temperature at the start of each workday and increased daily sanitation of employee and customer contact areas. Post this policy on your company website and at your business letting employees and customers know you have a plan to conduct business as safely as possible.

  • Consider having employees wear a cloth face covering. CDC recommendations can be found here.

  • Prior to reopening contact your regular customers making sure they know your reopening.
  • Consider how can you continue to conduct business and serving customers while at the same time minimizing the common items employees and customers touch in order to reduce transmission.
  • Make it easy for customers and employees to adhere to social distancing guidelines by allowing enough space for employees and customers to be 6’ apart while still being able to conduct business. Remove or relocate sales display cases or employee desks allowing for more separation.

  • If the business reopen order does not allow a business to utilize a customer waiting area how would you conduct business within those limitations while continuing to serve your customer.
  • If practicable, consider limiting customer access to employee work areas.
  • Make it easy for employees to have access to well-stocked hand-washing areas and, if practical, customers having access to hand sanitizer.

  • Identify a supplier for needed cleaning supplies or face covering/gloves if needed.
  • If your business has been shut down, ensure the exterior of your building is appealing and welcoming for customers and employees. Make sure it is exceptionally clean.
  • Increase the area of separation where customers make contact with employees. This may include relocating your credit/debit card terminal or installing a clear barrier between customers and employees. Rotate pens used by customers and sanitize them daily. Encourage customers to receive their purchase receipt by text or email.
  • Consider adding exterior signage or creating ready-to-post social media content making customers aware you are open for business but strive for a soft opening as not to overload your workforce or capabilities to serve your customer.
  • Communicate with employees and vendors that you plan on reopening when possible so all are aware and can plan for that time in order to prevent or identify any disruption in workforce or accessibility of inventory.
  • Start or continue to offer curbside service or utilize a delivery service.

Downloadable Resources

State of Alabama Resources

Termination of State of Emergency, July 6, 2021
State of Alabama Safer Apart Order, May 3, 2021
State of Alabama Proceeding with Caution Summary
State of Alabama Health Order Update 03/04/21
State of Alabama Health Order Summary 03/04/21
State of Alabama Proclamation by the Governor 05/03/21
Mask Required for Service Signage
Please Wear a Mask Signage
Mask Preferred Signage
Thank You for Wearing a Mask Signage
Thank You for Wearing a Mask Gradient Signage
Hospitals and Long-Term Living Facilities Sign
State of Alabama Mask Mandate Graphics
ADPH Mask Requirements Frequently Asked Questions
Dept. of Education Guidelines for School Sponsored Activities
ADPH Guidelines for Childcare Facilities
ADPH Guidelines for Entertainment Venues & Tourist Attractions
ADPH Guidelines for Youth Summer Camps
ADPH Guidelines for Youth Athletic Activities
State of Alabama Amended Safer at Home Order, July 15, 2020
State of Alabama Amended Safer at Home Order, June 30, 2020
State of Alabama Amended Safer at Home Order, May 21, 2020
State of Alabama Amended Safer at Home Order, May 8, 2020
State of Alabama Safer at Home Order, April 28, 2020
State of Alabama Safer at Home Order Summary, April 28, 2020
Isolation and Quarantine Timeframes for COVID-19

National Guidelines

CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19
OSHA Ten Steps to Reduce Exposure in the Workplace
Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the ADA
State of Alabama Fire Marshall on Occupancy
CDC Cloth Face Coverings – Questions and Answers
Coronavirus Prevention Workplace Policy
DIY Face Cloth Covering Instructions
Keeping the Workplace Safe (Printable)
COVID-19 Notice Before Entering the Building
COVID-19 OSHA Guidance on Safe Business Operations
CDC Recommendations for the Use of Cloth Face Coverings
Who Should Wear Personal Protection Equipment