Types of Equipment for Your Post-COVID Business Plan
Dan Levenson October 28, 2020
Globally, every business is facing a new landscape. Even businesses that operated remotely before Covid are adapting. In many cases, a new business plan is necessary to keep serving your customers under new conditions. Local businesses are figuring out no-contact and delivery services. E-commerce and remote services are helping customers adapt to their individual circumstances.
Many businesses need new equipment to make the new business plan happen, such as pavilions, sneeze guards, new service stations, and more. Today, we are highlighting several of the most common types of equipment utilized by businesses to adapt to Covid.
Laptops and Tablets for Remote Employees
Many offices have asked employees to work from home. Work that can be done remotely through an online server allows your team to work from home safely. But they might not all have the equipment or internet access needed. Your company may need to send laptops, tablets, phones, and hotspots to the now out-of-office team.
New Drive-Through or Curbside Infrastructure
Local businesses have altered their services for curbside and drive-thru alternatives. Customers still drive to the store, but they stay isolated inside their cars or remain outside. Your team still needs supplies such as pavilions, chairs, fans, and coolers to stay safe under the summer sun. You will likely also need cones or new parking lot dividers to direct traffic and to provide your new no-contact style of service to local customers.
Sanitization and Lotion Stations
If you have people in the workplace, consider sanitizing stations. These are places around the facility with sanitizer dispensers – motion-detection is best. Sanitizing stations make it easy for everyone to keep their hands clean and to grab a little solution for quick surface cleaning. Lotion should be placed next to sanitizing stations because cracked hands are the unfortunate result of constant hand washing.
These stations will take some investment, and will need to be spaced reasonably for every workspace and possibly for individual work stations.
Installing Sneeze Guards and Distancing Markers
If you are inviting customers back into your facility, they will need to be kept carefully distant from each other. That takes infrastructure. From the fanciest restaurants to the most practical warehouse stores, there are a few essentials that every open-to-the-public facility will need. Plexiglass barriers can go anywhere that people need to speak face-to-face. Service counters are the natural place, but you may also install barriers at workstations and study tables. Restaurants might consider individual guards hanging over tables so guests can eat and talk mask-free.
Distancing markers are another must-have. Many companies sell pre-made markers, but handmade signs and tape work as well.
In many facilities, you will want special stations to quickly disinfect products or equipment between use. You might need dunking sinks, misting booths, or rolling sanitizer stations. From manufacturing to food prep, disinfecting stations are custom to your business needs and are the type of equipment necessary to the new normal.
Infrastructure to Clear the Air
We know that breath and surfaces are dangerous, but so is airborne COVID particles. COVID can hang in the air for up to 3 hours, so if you need a space to change out between unmasked guests – as in hospitality space – there are a few methods available. Localized powerful air purifiers suck air into their filters and emit clean air. With medical-grade filters, you can filter out the COVID. Misting systems with disinfectant can also be helpful to quickly clear most of the COVID particles hanging in the air.
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