How to safely reopen your business
Executive director of Downtown South Bend Inc.
Back in Business
One of the really smart moves undertaken by local leaders was to designate a primary organization—the South Bend Regional Chamber—to collect, distill and communicate the best information about safely reopening businesses while also providing many other useful COVID-related resources for the community. The result is this comprehensive site that the Chamber is maintaining.
St. Joseph County Department of Health: COVID-19
If you run a business, consider reaching out to the county health department to build a trusting relationship, learn the basics of reopening safely and make sure you are in step with proper procedures and timing. My team worked with these health professionals early and often at the onset of this health crisis, and we found them to be extremely helpful and accommodating.
Downtown South Bend Inc.
The DTSB staff at has spent countless hours working with officials from the state and county health departments, as well as discussing best practices for safe reopening amid COVID-19 with those managing businesses and organizations in other cities. Amy Paul, DTSB’s director of business engagement, is available to share these insights with you.
COVID-19: Reopening Guidance
For those trying to safely reopen an eatery, you can find industry-specific information in this guide from the National Restaurant Association. It covers food safety, cleaning and sanitizing, employee health monitoring and social distancing. Because the association lobbies on the federal level, it often has access to relevant information as it’s being formulated, helping you plan into the future.
Best Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The federal Food and Drug Administration has an interest in not only helping to prevent pathogens from affecting customers, but in providing resources to help ensure the well-being of employees and employers. This FDA guide addresses key considerations for how foods offered at retail can be safely handled and delivered to the public, as well as best practices regarding employee health, cleaning and sanitizing, and personal protective equipment.