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  • Sector Updates: Office Spaces

  • Resources



    Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020 - CLICK HERE.
    Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility - CLICK HERE
    Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes - CLICK HERE
    - Restore Illinois Guidelines Phase 4 for Offices - CLICK HERE
    - Restore IL Industry Phase 4 Toolkit for Offices - CLICK HERE
    - Restore Illinois - State Governor's Phased Plan for Reopening the EconomyCLICK HERE
    - Tribune Article - " How will Illinois reopen? Three charts breaking down Pritzker’s plan" - CLICK HERE

    - "READY TO REOPEN – A Playbook for your Small Business" from US Chamber - CLICK HERE.

  • News&Current Affairs



    Pritzker Phase 4 Announcement (June 22, 2020) - CLICK HERE

    Pritzker Phase 3 Announcement (May 24, 2020) - CLICK HERE



    - How to talk to your staff about returning to work - from the Atlantic - CLICK HERE

    - Return to Work Checklist from ADP - CLICK HERE


  • Ideas

    • Conduct operations from within non-customer-facing office spaces (standalone and within multi-tenant buildings)
    • Examples of businesses operating within offices include (non-exhaustive): legal services, accounting services, architectural/engineering design
    • Note: Organizations that operate across multiple workplace environments should refer to applicable Phase IV guidelines for guidance on those workplaces​
    • Note: As of release, offices may operate at maximum occupancy of 50% of office capacity. Capacity restrictions will be reassessed based on the latest science and public health metrics on an ongoing basis throughout Phase IV



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    PPE Equipment
    • Work with other businesses to buy PPE (larger orders = lower cost)
    • Make sure to order ahead of time due to delivery delays
    • Some looking for a source for higher grade PPE for in-home client visits

    PPP Loan
    • Seek advice from accountant/attorney/banker about PPP loan forgiveness
    • American Express loan
    • Check with your payroll service to get required reports for PPP reporting

    Current Operations
    • Team management working well through conference calls
    • Communicate with your team on a regular basis. Get their feedback. Record
    calls for reference.
    • Put as much educational and other info online to keep your clients engaged
    • Sue Reardon mentioned using Loom https://www.loom.com/

    Client & Employee Safety/Getting Back to Business
    • Start a plan/have a checklist for what needs to be done prior to reopening
    • Determine what cleaning procedures look like going forward
    • Decide if you will be checking temps and screening customers/employees
    • Some are asking clients to wash hands when they enter and/or providing
    hand sanitizing stations
    • Many are following a ‘no entrance without mask’ policy
    • Communicate with your employees to find out what will make them feel safe
    • Survey clients to determine what the most and least important steps you can
    take to make them they can safely return to your business (Aging Care used a
    consultant to create their survey)
    • It’s all about optics. Make sure your messaging is clear and concise about all
    you are doing to keep everyone safe/healthy
    • How many employees will you bring back/ be sure you know
    • Unanswered question: Will partitions between workspaces be considered
    ‘good enough’ for the distancing rule? Need guidance on requirements.

    • Be flexible. Change the layout of your space to accommodate regulations
    • We expect to continue a high level of remote working for the foreseeable
    future. Social distancing and lack of childcare prevent many from going back
    to work. Some will have a skeleton staff in the office at any given



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