The Coronavirus is here and its global outbreak requires being proactive when implementing strategies to protect our workforce while ensuring continuity of operations.
Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared both a state of emergency and a public health emergency, effective immediately. The DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) will activate the District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Joint Information Center (JIC) to provide additional coordination for the District’s COVID-19 response.
DC Health recommended that non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions, be postponed or cancelled through March 31.
As more individuals become affected in our market and around the country it is important to learn how we can all help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and minimize its long term impact.
Employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from the Coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations.
It is also important to follow preparedness guidelines set forward by Federal, State, and Local agencies to help protect your staff and customers from all potential illnesses.
For the business community, DC Health and the business-wing of HSEMA have put together toolkits and informational resources at coronavirus.dc.gov that can be used for guidance.
Keep in mind that if the informational resources do not fit your needs, they encourage you to contact them (dc.bemoc@DC.gov) and they will create a flyer for you.
They advise that businesses put together a continuity plan in the event of a coronavirus pandemic or any other emergency.
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To access a toolkit and resources for developing a business plan in the event of a crisis, visit ready.gov or ready.dc.gov.
Idaliz Ortiz is a Puerto Rican former multimedia journalist. She received a GLAAD award in 2017 for Spanish Programing - Special Feature, and was twice nominated for a Capital Emmy Award. She is currently the GWHCC Director of Marketing and Communications. Feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org