Reopening Business

Digital Resources Center

As America’s businesses look to reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed, employers are facing countless new questions and unprecedented new challenges.

As part of our Path Forward initiative, this Digital Resources Center provides the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. We will regularly update these tools and resources as new information becomes available.

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State-Specific Guidance

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads, states may update mask, travel, and other guidance. MultiState continues to monitor state and local activity with their COVID-19 resources.

COVID-19 State and Local Policy Dashboard: Provides a quick and easy reference to updates and information issued by state and key local agencies and policymakers (updated daily). (Toggle between the tabs labeled "State" and "Local" in the top right-hand corner of the screen.)

COVID-19 Mask Mandates by State: Which states have imposed mask mandates or rules on face coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Mask mandates in states are now often tied to an individual's vaccination status. While many states have removed mask mandates entirely, this may change in the coming weeks as the Delta variant spreads. 

Statewide Emergency Declarations: By declaring a state of emergency, governors gain new powers and flexibility to react to the quickly changing environment as well as tap into federal resources. While these have waned with vaccination efforts, they may pick up again as the Delta variant spreads.

COVID-19 State Travel Restrictions: Travel restrictions typically require anyone who enters the state to self-quarantine for 14-days. Some are limited to those entering from certain locations, while others are broader and require self-quarantine generally.

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Vaccine Guidance and Resources


COVID-19 Vaccine Guide and FAQs 
A primer on vaccine allocation, prioritization, and timelines from the U.S. Chamber.

GIPC's Discover and Deliver map
Right now, our nation’s brightest scientific minds, most innovative companies, and leading universities are moving at unprecedented speed to deliver the COVID-19 treatments, vaccines, diagnostics, and cures we need. Explore the interactive map to see what kind of COVID-19 research is going on in your community.


Additional Resources
Vaccine Data Sources

Sector-Specific Guidance


The pandemic has affected different industries differently — likewise, the reopening process will vary by sector. Here are sector-specific guidance from some of the leading industry associations and government sources:

For restaurants: CDC's Reopening Decision Tree for Restaurants and Bars and National Restaurant Association’s Reopening Guidance

For retailers: National Retail Federation’s Operation Open Doors

For home service providers: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for At-Home Service Providers

For construction businesses: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for Construction Environments

For gyms and fitness facilities: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for Gyms and Workout Facilities

For office-based businesses: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for General Office Settings 

For hair and nail salons: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for Hair and Nail Salons

For airlines: CDC’s Interim Guidance for Airlines and Airline Crew

For childcare programs: CDC's Reopening Decision Tree for Childcare Programs

For camps and youth programs: CDC's Reopening Decision Tree for Camps and Youth Programs

For schools: CDC's Reopening Decision Tree for Schools

Small Business-Specific Guidance



Download this step-by-step guide to help your company reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed as restrictions lift across the country. The playbook includes safety and sanitation guidance, communications advice, and other best practices information. 

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Read the latest reopening content from CO—by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:



Need information related to financial relief and aid programs? Find those small business resources here.

Additional Tools and Resources


The report provides insights into various ways middle market organizations have adapted during the pandemic, including: making remote work a permanent option for some employees; implementing technology in new ways; rethinking the role of physical offices and other work spaces; enhancing information technology security; and identifying new ways to retain and attract employees. 



Download this questionnaire for sample screening questions to ask employees upon return to work and on a regular basis moving forward. This template is based on questions required or recommended by various states as well as input from U.S. Chamber member companies of all sizes and sectors.

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Customize, print, and post this workplace flyer to communicate to your employees and customers the steps your company is taking to keep them safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.


CDC and OSHA Guidelines and Resources


Additional Resources

Path Forward Webinar Series


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's weekly virtual event series, Path Forward, explores the complex issues that must be considered as part of a responsible reopening strategy. Each week a panel of experts discusses topics like barriers to reopening, big questions about immunity and liability, and ways employers can use innovative approaches to ensure safety into the workplace.


"How our nation’s public and private sectors manage this transition will determine how quickly we can stage an economic comeback and help families overcome financial hardship."