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How To Keep Your Business Safe During COVID-19 Closures

Posted Mar 24th, 2020 in Media, General, Insurance Tips, Commercial Insurance, Did You Know?, In the News

By now, many businesses in Ontario have closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. That’s why we’ve outlined how to keep your business safe during this time.

How To Keep Your Business Safe During COVID-19 Closures, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

Ontario Premier, Doug Ford announced effective March 24, 2020, all “non-essential” businesses must close in an effort to stop the spread of Coronavirus.  

During this unprecedented time, we are constantly looking for ways to protect our clients and their businesses. Regardless of if you’ve had to close your doors or your business remains open because it’s an essential service, we have a Coronavirus Safety Checklist for your business to review.

Coronavirus Safety Checklist For Your Business

Closed Businesses:

  1. Remove all cash and receipts (from premises) and keep tills open to show there is nothing inside
  2. Always leave the lights on (inside and outside)
  3. Keep valuables out of sight
  4. Empty ATM machines and if possible, move them off-site 
  5. Make regular site visits to monitor your business premises to ensure there are no physical issues
  6. Ensure your security alarm is set and monitored
  7. If possible, establish a work from home policy for your employees
  8. Provide employees with updates as they become available, so that everyone is on the same page and educate everyone on the importance of social distancing

Open Businesses (Essential Services):

  1. Create an emergency plan that outlines what measures you’re taking to protect your employees and business, including what will happen if an employee tests positive for Coronavirus
  2. Establish a plan that outlines how you are protecting your clients from Coronavirus
  3. Make keeping your employees safe and protected your main priority i.e. ensure you have superior cleaning procedures in place – it’s essential to keep soap, protective gear, and hand sanitizer stocked
  4. If possible, establish a work from home policy for your employees so that depending on the type of service you offer you’ll still be available to your clients
  5. Keep employees updated regularly with any changes to help eliminate panic and worry
  6. Adapt and use digital tools to continue to serve customers (to avoid in-person contact) such as online sales or delivery of goods

Considering the unknowns surrounding this difficult time it has undoubtedly induced significant stress; we’ve outlined some strategies on how to cope in this situation.

We’d like to take a moment to wish all of you the very best and hope everyone is staying safe at home. If you are working because you offer an essential service, we are very grateful for your dedication and commitment. Thank you! Remember, if you have any questions regarding your insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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