MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD RE-OPEN FOR BUSINESS
WHAT TO KNOW AND HOW TO STAY SAFE
As Miami-Dade and Broward County shop and restaurant owners look to get back to business, so too are consumers eager to get back to spending, with everyone else just looking to get back to normal. However, that normal we once innocently took for granted, may sadly be but a treasured memory. Fortunately, adjusting to today’s social and individual reality will not require a crash course on life on another planet, but one can surely say that we are taking on a much futuristic demeanor as we walk down the street, drive in our cars, stroll through a mall, dine at a restaurant, or sit in a bar. Regardless, safety and prevention will be the driving force behind these changes, as COVID-19 sets the stage for the new normal.
This article aims to provide Miami-Dade and Broward Residents with vital information on how to stay safe and what to do in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic and the new normal affect your life or that of a loved-one through negligence, wrongdoing, or legal matters in line with personal injury situations or filing insurance claims for compensation.
STAYING SAFE IN MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD AMID COVID-19
With business operators and people looking to get on with their lives and get over the lockdown experience, eagerness may lead to negligence which in turn can lead to injury, damages, or losses. Business operators and shop owners face an enormous challenge in order provide customers with safe environments and make their premises suitable for the prevention on the coronavirus among its staff and visitors. The modifications that business operators and owners need to make vary according to each business activity, but nevertheless, they all require an investment. No matter how big or how small, the investment is necessary if business operators want to attract customers and keep their businesses open. Even though, providing preventive measures against COVID-19 requires much less of an investment in a grocery store than in a sports gym, these preventive measures must be there. Failure to carry out any mandatory modifications or apply all required safety measures established by law, may lead to legal action against the business owner or operator. Thus, businesses need to make sure they meet all safety and prevention requirements while open amid the coronavirus pandemic.
ADVICE FOR SHOPPERS
Whether driving your car, peddling your bike, crossing at an intersection, you are eventually going to encounter another individual. Though not everybody has the coronavirus, it is out there and as stated by a renowned physician, the virus doesn’t go after for people, people go after the virus.” That said, the best thing to do is stay home. But that isn’t the most realistic thing to do when one yearns to get back to their lives, and part of that life is shopping and getting out of the house. Shoppers need to take certain precautions when entering a business establishment or purchasing something at a local shop.
The Perazzo Law Firm recommends the following safety and prevention measures:
- Use a face mask that covers your mouth and nose
- Wear protective goggles such as those used in construction or sports
- Wear a hat or something that covers your hair
- Avoid using wool, cotton, or other thick fiber clothing
- Avoid touching objects or surfaces unnecessarily
- Use disinfectant sprays to disinfect purchased goods or objects
- Leave the clothes and footwear you use in public outside your home
- Use hand sanitizer regularly outside the home
- Always maintain social distancing
- If you feel you may have encounter someone that has COVID-19 or any similar symptoms, seek immediate medical attention
Following the above listed recommendations may help prevent you or a loved-one from catching the coronavirus by coming into contact with an infected individual or by touching a tainted object or surface while shopping at a Miami-Dade or Broward County shop.
ADVICE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYERS
Business owners and operators face a huge challenge to not only attract customers through evident safety precautions, but also to provide safe working conditions for their staff and workers. Adapting to the new normal requires funding, either through the purchase of masks, hand sanitizer or face shields, but large sums of money to build cubicles, put up Plexiglas dividers, and regular disinfection; just to name some of the proposed safety requirements imposed by State and County officials.
The Perazzo Law Firm recommends the following safety and prevention measures for Business Operators and Shop Owners:
- Provide all staff with good quality full facial coverings, especially to those in direct contact with customers.
- Provide all staff with gloves.
- Make hand sanitizer readily available and of easy access to both staff and customers
- Carry out regular disinfection of the business premises, especially those areas most frequented by staff and customers.
- Make sure staff follow preventive measures.
- Enforce preventive measures on behalf of customers or visitors. These include wearing a mask upon entering the business establishment and maintaining social distancing.
- Ask employees and staff to report any COVID-19 like symptoms and prompt them to stay home if they feel ill.
- If any staff members test positive for COVID-19, report the incident to the proper health officials and follow their coronavirus protocol.
The above recommendations are aimed to protect business owners against any further damage to their business and prevent any future losses through insurance claims for compensation by third parties due to any possible negligence on their behalf.
If you are a business owner having to deal with legal issues stemming from COVID-19 related issues, the Perazzo Law Firm provides the best representation to business owners in Miami-Dade and Broward County.
ADVICE FOR EMPLOYEES AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS
Employees and essential workers are at high risk of contracting the coronavirus if the proper safety measures are not applied and imposed by business operators or shop owners. That said, there are laws governing the way business operators provide employees and staff with safe working conditions (see Advice for Business Owners and Operators above).
The Perazzo Law Firm recommends the following safety and prevention measures for Employees and Essential Workers:
- Make sure the business operator or owner provides any preventive attire or materials needed for your own personal safety and that of fellow staff members.
- If you experience any COVID-19-like symptoms, stay home and seek medical attention.
- If you were fired and owed back wages, contact a trusted Personal Injury Lawyer.
- If you have been fired for coronavirus related incident or accident, contact an experienced Personal Injury Attorney.
In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm provides highly dedicated legal representation to employees that fall victim to negligence on behalf of their employer or business operator in Miami-Dade and Broward County.
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