Safe Reopening

For industry-specific information about reopening businesses, please visit the Safe Reopening site

Businesses with questions can email:


Reopening Buildings

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.

Restoring Water Quality in Building for Reopening (PDF)

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: