For industry-specific information about reopening businesses, please visit the Safe Reopening site.
Businesses with questions can email: COVID19BusinessQuestions@sdcounty.ca.gov
Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation
The temporary shutdown or reduced operation of a building and reductions in normal water use can create hazards for returning occupants. Two potential microbial hazards that should be considered prior to reopening after a period of building inactivity are mold and Legionella (the cause of Legionnaires’ disease). For information on recommended steps to minimize mold and Legionella risk during and after prolonged shutdown, click here.
EPA recommends that building owners, building managers, and businesses take steps to flush the building’s plumbing before reopening
Cleaning and Disinfecting Areas
Businesses that are unoccupied for:
- Less than 7 days: should disinfect
- More than 7 days: should conduct normal cleaning routine, as the virus has not been shown to survive on surfaces for longer than this time
Cleaning and disinfecting hard and non-porous materials or items like glass, metal, or plastic:
Cleaning and disinfecting soft and porous materials or items like carpet, rugs, or seating in areas:
- Soft and porous materials are generally not as easy to disinfect as hard and non-porous surfaces. EPA has listed a limited number of products approved for disinfection for use on soft and porous materials