Gwinnett Chamber announces framework for returning to work

Gwinnett Chamber announces framework for returning to work

It’s time to begin the economic recovery and the Gwinnett Chamber is taking the lead in getting businesses safely back to work. We have determined that our employees need to return to work on Monday, May 4. Our goal is to create a safe, comfortable, and productive work environment. The following guidelines have been created by considering recommendations from the U.S. Chamber, the CDC and dozens of global businesses that have returned to work. Georgia businesses must now commit to a methodical approach for re-starting the economy and ensuring recovery. This Back-to-Work plan is fluid and will be adjusted according to governmental orders and advice from the CDC and Homeland Security.

  • Through the end of May: 
    The office hours return to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No one enters the office or stays in the office without a mask. In the first two weeks, masks will be worn when interacting with other staff or in common areas (including hallways and bathrooms). Masks will be provided by the Chamber or personal masks may be used with management approval.
  • Daily temperature check as you enter the lobby. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4˚ f may return to work when the CDC return-to-work criteria is met. A Chamber-provided touchless thermal tool will be used for taking employee temperatures.
  • Employees must also sign daily that they have not, to the best of their knowledge, been exposed to COVID-19.Signs will be placed throughout the office advising employees and visitors to wash your hands regularly, do not touch your face and stay 6 feet apart.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available at each work station.
  • Avoid in-person meetings, but if necessary, separation of 6 feet must be kept.
  • No handshaking, high-fives, elbow bumps, etc. or walking in the hallways together. Always stay 6 feet apart.
  • Employees in open-air cubes need to separate and stagger who is at their workstations. This is easily adjusted by reassigning workstations and offices.
  • Cleaning company will sanitize offices twice per week.
  • No communal usage of coffee pots, eating in the breakroom, sharing pens, staplers or office supplies. Copiers, postage machine, mail stuffer machine, etc. must be wiped down with disinfectant wipes before and after use.
  • All external meetings during the first 2 weeks should take place over Zoom or MS Teams.
  • When possible, meet with colleagues outside on the patio or, if held in Duke Weeks Conference Room, keep doors propped open to create air flow.
  • Employees shall not travel by air throughout the month of May. Reduced travel will be allowed in June and following.
  • If schools and childcare remain closed, department leaders will make case-by-case decisions on certain employees’ work arrangements by limiting their days in the office. The goal is that all employees will return to work on Tuesday, May 26.
  • No visitors will be admitted into the office except vendors who will be screened before entrance.

Beginning June 1:

Employees should take the following steps to protect themselves at work:

  • Stay home if sick, except to get medical care.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from all other persons
  • Understand that no one with symptoms should be present at the workplace. Employees should inform their supervisor if they or their colleagues develop symptoms at work, especially fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing noses, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc.
  • Minimize handling cash, credit cards, and mobile or electronic devices when possible.
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from fellow co-workers, customers, and visitors when possible.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel.
  • CDC does not recommend the use of PPE in workplaces where it is not routinely recommended, unless 6 feet distance cannot be maintained.

    CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community transmission. Cloth face coverings may prevent people who don’t know they have the virus from transmitting it to others. These face coverings are not surgical masks or respirators and are not appropriate substitutes for them in workplaces where masks or respirators are recommended or required.


CDC recommends employees protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions, including good hand hygiene. Employees should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available, especially during key times when persons are likely to be infected by or spread germs:

  • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • After using the toilet
  • After touching garbage
  • Before and after the work shift
  • Before and after work breaks
  • After touching objects that have been handled by customers


The visitor guidelines include temperature checks, sign off on non-exposure, guests will be offered masks and must follow all of the staff guidelines above.

Front Desk Rules

  • Guests will not be permitted within 6 feet of the front desk. A perimeter will be marked around the front desk station with a stanchion. Visitors must remain behind designated area.
  • Front desk attendants/staff members must wear a mask if coming within 6 feet of anyone.
  • Doors will remain open for air flow purposes.
  • Pen holders will be available with pens labeled “clean” and “used.”
  • If and when you have front desk duties, you shall bring your own phone receiver/handset.
  • Wipe down keyboard/desk/mouse when you arrive and leave your front desk duty. You are encouraged to bring your own keyboard and mouse.
  • Front Desk attendants must wash or sanitize hands after handling Certificates of Origin paperwork before handling any other items.
  • Visitors shall not wait or congregate in the front desk area for extended periods of time. Visitors should show up at the time of their appointment. Lobby chairs will be arranged to be six feet apart.

Deliveries & Vendors

During Phase III, deliveries (UPS, FedEx, etc.) can be delivered in the lobby or other designated areas. For any deliveries from vendors that require entrance into the offices, the delivery person shall wear a mask if they will be within 6 feet, have his/her temperature taken and must answer if they have knowledge of being exposed to COVID-19.

If you have any questions regarding returning your business back to work, or how we can assist you, please call 770-232-3000.

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