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.

State-Specific Guidance


How and when businesses reopen will vary considerably by state. To help track the many differences across each state and provide the latest guidance to employers, explore the interactive state map and state profiles below.

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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:

5 Experts on How to Manage Employees Through Difficult Times

4 Business Owners on How They're Reopening Their Businesses Post-Coronavirus

Expert Advice on How to Support Your Employees During a Crisis

3 Trend Forecasters on the Business World After Coronavirus



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

Additional Tools and Resources



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


CDC's Reopening Decision Tree Guide for Employers

CDC Coronavirus Resource Center for Businesses and Workplaces

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (Updated May 2020)

CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Workplaces and Businesses

CDC FAQs: Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces

CDC FAQs: Healthy Business Operations

OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19


Additional Resources


White House’s Opening Up America Again Guidelines

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National Safety Council's SAFER (Safe Actions for Employee Returns) Report

American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Back to Work Safely Guides

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.

Moderated by the U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark, Path Forward airs weekly on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. EST.


"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."