As the U.S. economy struggles to reopen methodically or haphazardly depending on the state, companies (both sole proprietorships to corporations) are looking more deeply at security and their venues, property and staff. It is a time of re-thinking security responsibilities and looking at how they can be budgeted in to get through this pandemic period. Infection has now become a concern as worrisome as crime. If an infected person comes into your place of business, and covid-19 is passed along, and there is contact tracing that traces back to your business as an origin source, and that knowledge is made public through news outlets or health administration outlets, how does that impact your business? It could be closed, or public trust falls off.
A specific concern that’s being discussed among businesses and security firms such as ours is: how to do you deal with mentally unwell, fanatic or desperate people who could purposefully or inadvertently bring in the virus, and spread it through a variety of overt of covert means.
Businesses are looking at how to implement social distancing, how to take temperatures to catch fevers, how to request mask-wearing, how to handle no-touch transactions and protect customers and employees from sneezes, loud talking or shouting or other virus-spraying events.
Then, there is the question of: is more security needed in the form of security guards and what are the policies that govern those guards in terms of pandemic prevention as well as crime prevention. New equipment is needed. Some technology may be needed. Training is needed. Incident reporting needs to be updated. Situational awareness is heightened.