Safely Reopening for Business

As businesses in northern Indiana and the greater region reopen and life returns to some semblance of normalcy, extra precautions must be taken in order to ensure the safety of customers and employees.

For as much as we know about the virus, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of our time was spent indoors avoiding it. According to the CDC, until there is a readily available vaccine, we’ll all have to understand what it takes to live with it.

That means doing everything we can to stay healthy. But how do we avoid getting people sick as they return to work, restaurants and shared community spaces?

Keep Yourself Safe

A level of comfort sets in as we move further away from the initial shock of the pandemic, which effectively locked down much of the United States in mid-March.

Progressively, fewer and fewer people feel the need to wear a mask in public, even at the grocery stores that sometimes require this vital safety measure. The fact of the matter is, in order to return to work full-time, you cannot get sick.

"That's the worst part because we are not taking care of ourselves,” said Steven Mwaniki, the supervisor for Commercial COVID-19 cleanup at Paul Davis Restoration in Fort Wayne. “We are kind of forgetting and trying to think, 'Oh, let's just assume the virus is not there so that we don't go back and get trapped in our own houses. Let's go out there so that we can be told to go back to work.' It's just like trying to fool our own conscious of what is happening."

Even if it’s slightly uncomfortable or considered a fashion faux pas, it’s important that you keep yourself and others safe by wearing a mask as often as possible. According to CDC guidelines, “Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.”

Requiring every employee to wear a mask is even more important at work, where one positive on-the-job case could lead to your business temporarily shutting down once again.

Other precautions a business or homeowner can take include creating strategically placed hand sanitizer stations, frequently wiping down workspaces with disinfectant, adhering to social distancing guidelines and encouraging employees to frequently wash their hands.

An extra safety measure is to take every employee’s temperature before they enter the building. While a high temperature doesn’t equate to a positive COVID-19 test, it does provide an overall sense of a person’s health.

Mwaniki says that even if one employee or customer ignores these guidelines, it can put everyone in their general vicinity in danger of contracting the virus.

Outsource Cleaning Services

Another safety precaution business owners should utilize are professional cleaning services targeted specifically at preventing COVID-19, which Paul Davis Restoration in Fort Wayne has offered since the beginning of the lockdown. This will allow a reopening business to ensure that there are no signs of COVID-19 on their premises while employees return to work.


For Paul Davis Restoration’s Commercial COVID-19 cleanup, Mwaniki and his team will go into a business or home and spray an entire area—from the floors to the walls to the ceilings—with a disinfectant chemical that will eradicate the virus. They will also wipe down surfaces if requested to do so.

When evaluating a COVID-19 cleaning service, it’s important to find services not looking to take advantage of a crisis by increasing rates and exploiting desperate customers.

“We decided we were going to help businesses and not take advantage of them,” Mwaniki said. “This is very sincere because it's reflected in the cost we came up with.”

He says that at the start of the pandemic, he noticed other companies charging more than 10 times the rate per square foot cleaned.

For more information on Paul Davis Restoration’s Commercial COVID-19 cleanup, visit pdrneindiana.com/450-covid-19-commercial-cleaning or call 260-436-7510. Our commercial cleaning services are EPA and FDA approved to combat most common viruses and bacteria.