Coronavirus economic reopening: ‘Not so fast’

Update 4/21/2020

On April 28th at 2 pm, the EDC is hosting Not So Fast: A Webinar to Help You Plan for Reopening. This is a free webinar for local business owners and managers and anyone doing business in Henry County, IN. (Webinar limited to first 100 participants.)

In this webinar you will be assisted in:

  • Learning CDC recommendations to continue to protect your staff, customers, and community.
  • Learning best practices and safety processes for operating in the current pandemic climate.
  • Preparing for a safe and effective reopening of Henry County’s economy.

Scheduled speakers are: Angela Cox (Henry County Health Department), Brooke Cowan (Henry Community Health), Cindi Kiner (The HR Connection LLC), and Karl Dick (Human Resources, Draper, Inc.).

This is an interactive webinar, so be sure to bring your specific questions for our speaker panel. Sign up here-

Henry County Indiana business owners and managers:

First, thank you. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe and healthy during this challenging time. And now, we ask that you continue this mission to fight the spread of COVID-19 as we prepare for the much-anticipated “reopening” of the economy.

Henry County business owners and managers are encouraged to review their policies, procedures and operations as we prepare for reopening. The exact timing and details of the reopening are still to be determined. We ask that you stay tuned and become prepared.

The theme for our community’s reopening is “Not so fast.” We need to move slowly to protect each member of our community, and your continued vigilance and patience is appreciated.

One fact is clear: it will be a new normal; it will be different.  The health of our employees, customers and community will need to be high priority until COVID-19 treatments and vaccinations are widely available.

Business owners and managers should consider the following:

  • Incorporating social distancing with customers and employees
  • Infection control procedures and cleaning schedules
  • Personal Protective Equipment for employees
  • Occupancy considerations, including limitations, traffic flow, and office layout
  • Customer and employee interaction
  • Alternative work schedules
  • E-commerce channels (marketing and product sales)
  • Communication channels

Business owners are encouraged to study the Center for Disease Control’s business guidance to determine likely changes in their own businesses. 

Answering your questions and addressing your comments responsibly is important to us. Please send your questions to info@growinhenry.comYour questions will help us develop local resources, webinars and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the business community.

Not so fast is a collaborative project including:
Henry County Health Department
New Castle Henry County Economic Development Corp. 
East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center
New Castle Henry County Chamber of Commerce
Henry County Community Foundation
New Castle Main Street