New Ambassadors Program Providing Reopening Resources to Local Businesses

A new Ambassadors Program is providing resources and educational materials regarding reopening phases to local businesses.

Montgomery County leaders say the business community is a critical component in ensuring the safety and well-being of its employees and county residents during the COVID-19 health crisis. All businesses, as a condition of reopening, are required to abide by specific rules, and the Ambassador Program is helping to make sure they have all the needed resources to be compliant.

According to Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management Director, Dr. Earl Stoddard, 19 Ambassador Program staff members have visited more than 1,000 businesses across the county so far. Watch the video to learn more about it.

According to the Montgomery County government website, business reopening requirements include these rules to be posted in a visible location to alert the public and ensure compliance:

  • Employees and customers will be required to maintain physical distance (greater than 6 feet), wherever possible. Markings and signage are needed to guide employees and customers.
  • Employees and customers are required to wear face coverings while in businesses.
  • All employees have to receive training based on CDC COVID-19 guidance appropriate to the business sector before reopening.
  • Businesses will be required to use CDC- and EPA-approved disinfectants to clean our spaces daily. Disinfectants to wipe down high-contact surfaces* at least every 2 hours while staff or customers are present is also required.
  • Employees are encouraged to wash their hands hourly.
  • Businesses must review and implement new CDC, Maryland Department of Health, and Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services guidelines as they are received.

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