COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Honeyed Boutique
Honeyed Boutique is committed to providing a safe and healthy retail environment for our customers. To ensure we have a safe and healthy store, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Owners and employees are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our store and community, and that requires full cooperation among our employees and customers. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our customers.
Owners and employees are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Honeyed Boutique owners and employees have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy.
Our customers are our most important assets. We are serious about our employees safety and health along with keeping our customers safe while shopping at Honeyed Boutique. Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, federal OSHA standards related to COVID-19 and Executive Order 20-48, and addresses:
- • hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
- • engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
- • cleaning, disinfecting, decontamination and ventilation;
- • prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
- • communications and training that will be provided to managers and employees; and
- • management and supervision necessary to ensure effective implementation of the plan.
- • protection and controls for pick-up, drop-off and delivery;
- • protections and controls for in-store shopping;
- • protections and controls for shopping malls; and
- • communications and instructions for customers.
Screening and policies for employees exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19
Employees have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess employees’ health status prior to entering the store and for employees to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms. Employees shall be required to scan their temperature before starting their shift and at any time if they are feeling unwell. Employees are required to contact the owner at the first notice of a temperature at or above 100.4’. If our employee is feeling unwell or exhibiting a temperature at or above 100.4 they are instructed to immediately close the store and return home. If an employee has exposed the store to any signs of an illness Honeyed Boutique will undergo a full disinfection prior to reopening.
Honeyed Boutique has also implemented a policy for informing other co-workers if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at their store and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time per CDC recommendations.
Basic infection prevention measures will be implemented at our store at all times. Employees are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of their shift, prior to any mealtimes and after using the toilet. All customers and visitors to the store are asked to sanitize their hands prior to or immediately upon entering and prior to touching any merchandise. Hand-sanitizer dispensers (that use sanitizers of greater than 60% alcohol) are located on the checkout counter and throughout the store.
Respiratory etiquette: Cover your cough or sneeze
Employees, customers, and visitors are asked to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Tissues and trash receptacles are available to all employees, customers, and visitors.
As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless alone
Social distancing of six feet will be implemented and maintained between employees, customers, and visitors in the store. Markers have been placed near the checkout counter to depict 6-foot distances for customers while waiting for assistance. A plexiglass shield has been placed at the checkout counter as a safety measure between our employees and customers.
Cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation
Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of retail surfaces, restrooms, break rooms, the checkout station and fitting rooms. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, such as phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, printers and credit card readers. Employees will be provided disposable gloves and facial masks for their personal use. Employees will be required to wear facial masks when unable to maintain a 6-foot distance or while assisting customers. Any non-purchased clothing that has been tried on by a customer will be placed on a return rack to be “rested”, per the CDC guidelines, before returning to the retail floor.
Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfectant supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets and manufacturer specifications and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product.
The maximum amount of fresh air will be brought into the store with the front door propped open when weather permits. Air recirculation will be limited.
Communications and training
This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan will be communicated to all employees and necessary training was provided prior to opening our store for retail customers on May 18, 2020. Additional communication and training will be ongoing as new measures by the CDC are recommended. Proper training will be provided to any new employees as they are hired. Instructions will be communicated to customers and visitors about: how drop-off, pick-up, delivery and in-store shopping will be conducted to ensure social distancing between the customers and employees; required hygiene practices; and recommendations that customers and visitors use face masks when dropping off, picking up, or in-store shopping. Customers and visitors will also be advised not to enter the store if they are experiencing symptoms or have contracted COVID-19. Owners and employees are to monitor how effective the program has been implemented. Management and employees will work through this new program together and update the training as necessary. This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by Honeyed Boutique owners and will be posted throughout the store May 18, 2020 and updated as necessary.