After enduring weeks of shelter-in-place orders, various cities across Illinois, Including Chicago and its surrounding Northshore suburbs, are finally beginning phases to reopen their communities. However, reopening successfully does require everyone to engage is safe practices when out in public spaces.
The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) recommends that individuals continue to follow safety guideline, including;
- Maintaining social distance if possible when out in public, shared spaces
- Wearing masks or cloth face coverings when out in public, shared spaces
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home if you are feeling sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Once communities reopen, people may find the need to make certain behavioral changes as well to help reduce exposure to or the risk of spreading COVID-19, especially the way we use public spaces that we use regularly. One important thing you may want to consider is whether you need to touch certain surfaces or objects that are in public places. You can also start wiping down surfaces before and after you have touched them. The CDC provides a list of disinfectants that meet the EPA’s criteria that can be used against the COVID-19 virus.
The CDC also recommends businesses and restaurants make small changes that can help reduce the spread of the virus as patrons begin returning:
- Leaving doors open to avoid multiple people touching them
- Opening windows to improve ventilation
- Removing objects from common areas, such as plastic utensils and creamers for coffee
- Reducing the use of porous materials for seating
Although returning to “normal” may not be in our near future, but taking these necessary precautions is a step closer. The CDC reminds us “Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together using recommended best practices and maintaining safe daily habits in order to reduce our risk of exposure to COVID-19. Remember: We’re all in this together!”