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U.S. COVID-19: Preparing a Reopening Plan – Five Steps to Take Right Now

As state governments and businesses look towards restarting the economy, the consensus is that as the U.S. gradually re-opens, the look and feel of businesses will change dramatically. Before the world can return to its full pre-COVID-19 normal, this interim period between the lifting of shelter in place orders and the broad distribution of vaccines or effective treatments is projected by experts to last at least one, and possibly as long as two years. This client communication will focus on public facing businesses which must significantly change their operations to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. Non-healthcare businesses which have frequent contact with the general public, such as retailers, are deemed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to be medium exposure risk. Before such businesses re-open, they should have a comprehensive reopening plan addressing the following:

1. Monitor Best Health Practices and Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control

Going Global Webinar: Avoiding the Inadvertent Franchise in U.S. and International Expansion

When expanding across borders, retailers may unknowingly be considered a franchisor under dozens of statutes worldwide and be surprised by the regulations and restrictions with which they must comply. Join Bryan Cave’s industry-leading franchise attorneys Nicole Simonian, Kenneth Costello and Jonathan Solish on Tuesday, March 6 from 9-10 a.m. Pacific for a discussion on how to mitigate the risks associated with international franchising. Key topics will include how to determine what constitutes a franchise under applicable country law, best practices for structuring agreements, and tips for managing ancillary issues and avoiding litigation.  To register, click HERE.

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