Illustration of employees working at desks spaced apart Wherever possible, employees shouldpractice social distancing and keep a six-foot distance to minimizethe spread of COVID-19. (Image: Shutterstock)

As the White House eases up on its social distancing policiesand states begin to reopen and put together plans forreopening, businesses must also be preparing for the new additionto the office: COVID-19.

Stay-at-home orders and business closures have been instrumentalin slowing the spread of the virus, but no amount of time can trulyeradicate it from our population. Thus, the onus is on businessesto adjust their operating models to minimize the risk of anoutbreak among workers and customers.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.