Social Distance Management believes what businesses need is a universal standard of compliance for operating safely during a pandemic, not more lockdowns
We have prepared a framework of guidelines for universal compliance that all businesses can use with confidence.
The Social Distance Advisory System was created to clearly identify the current local pandemic threat level. And the necessary steps needed to protect your citizens based on that level of risk.
We believe there is no such thing as non-essential business. Join the conversation on February 9th, 2021 we will be hosting a live webinar to discuss how we can move towards improved business continuity rather than further lockdowns.
Social Distance Management has developed management
control plans for maintaining complete business efficiency
while following the outlined standards of Social Distance
Leave it to the experts to onboard staff with new policies
and set your business up for a smooth re-opening. Focus on
profitability while we set you up for lasting resilience and
ensure the highest level of compliance for health and safety.
The future of our businesses and the economy depends on the choices that we make today. Instead of continuing lockdown measures, consistent social distance control plans need to be addressed and enforced as mandatory regulations for all businesses and the public to follow. The overall costs to businesses, government, health care, and our social health are rising due to continuous shutdowns. Inconsistent and reactive planning has also resulted in frustration from the public and a lack of trust in the government. We seem to be going backward, so if there is a strict focus on Social Distance Compliance, we will have a better chance of slowly rebuilding our economy to what it was pre-pandemic.
Businesses have attempted to adapt by providing alternative ways for their customers to shop, such as contactless curbside pickup, delivery, and other virtual services. These have all been costly adjustments, and unfortunately, many businesses have had to make tough decisions to layoff additional employees and even permanently close their doors. With the constant closures and openings, companies do not have the chance to rebuild what they once had. The American and Canadian governments also have economic response plans to support citizens and businesses by releasing funding to qualified applicants. The CARES Act to help American households, and the Canada Emergency Response Benefits (CERB) includes funding to support those employed or self-employed. Millions of dollars have been put towards these relief funds as the economy is worsening.
Community-driven neighborhoods typically filled with our favorite places to visit, eat, or shop are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Various popular restaurants, local shops, and many other small businesses have been forced to shut their doors due to lockdown orders. These small businesses are deemed non-essential, yet they provide the same products that essential, big-box stores sell on their shelves. Along with big-box stores and essential businesses staying open, more restrictions are being set on their operating hours. All businesses should remain essential with mandatory social distance measures, capacity limits, and necessary safety protocols, so permanent closures and lay-offs are no longer a trend.
Reactive is the best way to describe the approach that local, regional, federal governments, and businesses have taken towards the challenges of the pandemic. The decisions have been inconsistent throughout the entire pandemic. We have been reacting based on different metrics, and mass confusion of both health and government officials working with a problem that we all have experienced for the 1st time in our lives, but that does not mean that we need to continue to make the same mistakes over and over.
There is a false pretense that certain events in the future including the distribution of vaccines will shorten our pandemic struggles within the next year, but that of course is not realistic.
Further measures and restrictions have been placed on many newly classified, non-essential businesses throughout Canada and the United States due to increases in COVID-19 cases. Small businesses, especially in the food and hospitality industry, have been hit the hardest with requirements, such as dining restrictions. Social Distance Management sees what these community-driven businesses are going through as an opportunity to provide them with needed support and resources to transition to being productive while remaining safe.
Social Distance Management calls for the business community to adopt universal standards of Social Distance Compliance to promote uniformity and prevent repeat lockdowns. The biggest issue for many business owners is the lack of leadership. John Hopkins University is calling for a total “reset” on the Federal Response to COVID-19 as the U.S. just past 150,000 Coronavirus deaths and has over a quarter of the world’s active cases, with 4.5 Million confirmed. In the last month alone there has been 1.9 Million positive test results.
North America is at a critical juncture as September approaches and the discussion of reopening schools in-person has fierce criticism.
Lack of clarity and preparedness on local levels in relation to public health risks must be addressed. Social Distance Management suggests that protocols to take preventative measures in local populations starting from Phase 4 of the WHO “Pandemic Phases” must be done swiftly to prevent extreme lockdown or further restrictive measures and disruptions in daily life.
Throughout North America, individual jurisdictions and business owners have been given autonomy in their re-opening strategies with basic frameworks for sanitation and containment provided by the government. While there have been resources and procedures put forth throughout various networks, Social Distance Management calls for the business community to adopt universal standards of Social Distance Compliance to promote uniformity and prevent repeat lockdowns. Collaboration amongst political and health officials along with the business community has never been more important.