Resources for Reopening Businesses

May 3, 2020 | By: Communications Staff

For almost 2 months, most of our community has been shut down. On Friday, May 1, Governor Holcomb announced the “Back on Track Indiana” initiative to begin the reopening of businesses across the state. Stage 2 of the plan launched on Monday, May 4.

Find out more about this initiative as well as guidelines and best practices for reopening businesses, information about a safe workplace environment, and other resources below.

Back on Track Indiana

All Hoosier employers must develop a plan to implement measures and institute safeguards to ensure a safe environment for their employees, customers, clients and members. The plan must be provided to all employees and staff, as well as posted publicly. At a minimum, the plan must include an employee health screening process, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, handwashing/hygiene opportunities; and social distancing measures. And all employers must adhere to the health and safety standards established by IOSHA. These requirements and more are found at the top of page 4 of the executive order. 

CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines


  • OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
    Steps employers can take to reduce workers’ risk of exposure.
  • Retail Readiness Essentials Checklist
    Guide compiled by Cushman & Wakefield to help landlords and retail establishments communicate safety and rebuild confidence.
  • Back to Work Plan |Office Signs Templates | Office Infographics Templates
    The South Bend Regional Chamber provides you with our Back to Work Plan as a sample document for your reference. Also find sample signage templates for your office use. 
  • Path Forward Series The U.S. Chamber Foundation, in their Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work webinar series, looks at the different phases and challenges of how we reopen the economy. Each episode features conversations between the U.S. Chamber president Suzanne Clark and experts with practical recommendations for businesses of all sizes. Episodes air every Monday and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET. You can register to attend, however, episodes are also recorded and can be found on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.

St. Joseph County Department of Health

  • Public Health Order 1-2020
    Businesses open to customers are required to make hand sanitizer accessible to those who enter the building. A face covering is required when entering an enclosed public space or place of business.
  • St. Joseph County Department of Health
    Information on COVID-19 including a symptom checker, an information hotline and ways to help the Coronavirus response.

PPE for Indiana Small Businesses

  • PPE Marketplace
    Small businesses of 150 employees or less may order personal protective equipment through this program as part of the Back on Track Indiana initiative. Bundles of masks, hand sanitizer and face shields are available for employers and non-profits at no cost while supplies last.
  •  PPE Resources
    The Chamber has compiled an extensive list of PPE resources above and beyond the Indiana PPE Marketplace.

ISDH Updated Resources

  • The Indiana State Department of Health, on April 15, released a revised Guidance for Employers During the COVID-19 Response.
  • The Indiana State Department of Health, on April 15, released the COVID-19 Cleaning Guidance for Businesses
  • If you’re a manufacturer needing technical assistance in retooling equipment to fulfill COVID-19 demands, or already producing COVID-related items and looking for buyers, contact Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). For those manufactures already producing COVID-related items but are looking for buyers, Purdue MEP can help. More

Hand Sanitizer

Local manufacturers of hand sanitizer.

Face Masks

  • Read order
    St. Joseph County Department of Health Public Health Order 1-2020, effective through July 4, 2020, requires all St. Joseph County residents to wear face coverings when in public spaces and any business open to customers must have hand sanitizers available (60% alcohol-based) at entrances. 

Local manufacturers of non-medical grade face masks.

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