With many states beginning to slowly reopen their economies, it is imperative that marijuana dispensaries take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of their employees and customers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a list of guidelines for the public to help slow the global pandemic. Many of these recommendations can be utilized by dispensary owners to help keep everyone safe who comes into their facility.
Here are 10 tips to help keep dispensary customers and employees safe from COVID-19:
- Social Distancing – Make sure that customers and employees have room to social distance, at least 3-6 feet of space. This may mean that dispensaries will need to re-arrange their store layout a bit. Installing plexiglass safety shields may help in areas where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be achieved, such as the payment counter.
- Limit Customers – To help with social distancing, limit the number of customers you have on your sales floor at any given time. This can be done by asking customers to take a number and wait outside for their number to be called or by appointment.
- Traffic Patterns – Use tape to create a traffic pattern on your floor for people to follow. Include markers to indicate where customers should stand (6 feet apart) as they wait to pay for their product.
- Gloves – Provide gloves for your employees to wear when they are handling product or cash. Gloves should be changed regularly to prevent any possible cross contamination.
- Hand Washing – Ask employees to regularly wash their hands and avoid touching their faces.
- Hand Sanitizer – Provide hand sanitizer for customers and employees to use. According to the Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA), the “CDC recommends consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.”
- Clean High-Touch Areas – Regularly disinfect high touch areas of your store, including countertops, in-house ATMs, door handles, and terminals.
- Masks – Most states are recommending or requiring the use of masks in public areas and retail shops. Post a sign at the entrance of your store stating that masks are required for entry.
- Grab and Go – Fill small bags with your state’s maximum daily purchase limit and display them on the counter for easy and quick shopping.
- Post Information – Put a sign on your door, and information on your website and social media with your current store hours and safety policies. Make sure that this information is updated if and when you change any of those details.
By taking some simple steps, you can help safeguard employees and customers so that your business can continue to operate smoothly.