COVID-19, more commonly referred to as coronavirus, continues to spread around the Nashville area. We want to update our members on steps we are taking in light of this outbreak, and also offer some COVID-19 resources for businesses and employers.
While the spread is occurring quickly, it’s important to keep in mind that the overall risk to the general public remains low. As with the flu and other viruses, employing thorough health hygiene practices will help prevent the spread of the illness. Also, one of the most important things you can do at this time is remain calm. Remember, Facts Not Fear. The best place to get factual information about the virus and how to respond is CDC.gov. Do not rely on social media.
3LS WorkSpaces currently has no plans to close either location at this time. We are currently taking extra precautions and increasing cleaning and sanitizing of common areas during the day. Our staff is regularly wiping down and disinfecting our main entry door handles, kitchen surfaces, microwave panels, refrigerator handles, copier, and coffee pot handle. We are also disinfecting our main entry doors and other areas at the end of each day with MicroBan disinfectant, which works to kill germs and viruses for 24 hours. Our nightly cleaning crew has always used hospital grade disinfectant on all common areas – counters, table tops, doorknobs, door push plates, etc.
At our Nashville location, we continue to ask visitors with ANY recent symptoms of illness to wait across the hall in Room 102 instead of entering the Suite. We ask that you contact anyone with a scheduled appointment and ask them to reschedule if they are currently sick. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone visibly ill.
If YOU or a FAMILY MEMBER is sick, we ask that you stay home if at all possible. If not possible, we ask that you refrain from using common areas inside the shared workspace. If your child is out of school, you MAY NOT bring them to the office.
Please see below for more information, and also links to share with your employees.
Health hygiene practices to prevent the spread of any illness
The best way to prevent the spread of any illness is to practice good health hygiene practices, such as these:
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—scrubbing the front and back of your hands, fingers and under each nail. If soap and water is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Consider temporarily limiting your physical contact —such as shaking hands or hugging.
- Stay home if you or a family member are sick – do not come into the office. If you are well enough to work, discuss with your supervisor the possibility of working remotely. If you are too sick to work, you should take PTO.
- After visiting public places, wash or sanitize your hands according to the instructions above after your visit is complete.
- If you become sick, call your doctor BEFORE going to their office.
Keeping our offices healthy
We are also recommending additional measures to help keep our offices healthy, including:
- Posters and reminders to support the health hygiene practices outlined above have been put up restrooms and kitchens as a reminder. A CDC poster and fact sheet are available for your use, as well as other COVID-19 resources for businesses and employers listed below.
- We recommend frequent cleaning and wiping down of surfaces inside your office at the beginning and end of each day—especially in shared offices—to help prevent the spread of germs. If you need clorox wipes or cleaning spray, we are happy to let you use some of ours until you can purchase your own supplies to keep in your office.
Additional resources about COVID-19 that might be helpful to your business:
- Resources for Businesses and Employers – from the CDC
- What Every American Can Do to Decrease the Spread of Coronavirus – from the CDC
- Communication Resources – from the CDC
- Guidance for Employers – from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Workplace Tips for Employees – from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Combating the Coronavirus – from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
We will continue to monitor this situation and adapt as needed—and as we do so, we ask for your patience and understanding. This situation is one that is receiving our full attention and due diligence.