There is no set time frame for when one stage ends and the next begins.
Rather, state health officials will make those determinations after monitoring conditions and weighing them against the six indicators.
In order to re-open sooner, some businesses may be required to adjust their current setups. For example, schools may need to reduce the number of classrooms and the number of students in them, while some restaurants may need to reduce the number of tables they use. It’s important to remember that these would be temporary measures, designed to get us to Stage 4 (End of Stay Home Order).
To help reduce risk and advance to the next stage, employers and businesses are encouraged to plan and prepare accordingly. This includes making changes within the workplace, as well as adjusting practices to help educate employees and customers.
For Blue Shield of California, this means creating a company-wide task force – and ultimately, a playbook that everyone can reference. With thousands of employees weighing in on everything from safety to staging, the goal will be to make a document that’s as comprehensive as it is reassuring.
"It's definitely going to be a well-choreographed, go slow to go fast return-to-work strategy," says Mary O'Hara, chief human resources officer.
If your business does not have a plan or needs help developing one, consider the following resources: