Information taken from the Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/…/ReOpening_America_Cleaning_Disinfection_Decis…
Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Reopening the country also strongly relies on public health strategies, including increased testing of people for the virus, social distancing, isolation and keeping track of how someone infected might have infected other people. This plan is part of the larger United States Government plan and focuses on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and can also be applied to your home.
Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
- Develop Your Plan Determine What Needs To Be Cleaned. Areas unoccupied for 7 or more days need only routine cleaning. Maintain existing cleaning practices for outdoor areas. Determine how areas will be disinfected. Consider the type of surface and how often the surface is touched. Prioritize disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Consider the resources and equipment needed. Keep in mind the availability of cleaning products and personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for cleaners and disinfectants.
- Implement Clean Visibly Dirty Surfaces With Soap and Water Prior to Disinfection. Use the appropriate cleaning or disinfectant product. Use an EPA-approved disinfectant against COVID-19, and read the label to make sure it meets your needs. Always follow the directions on the label. The label will include safety information and application instructions. Keep disinfectants out of the reach of children.
- Maintain and Revise Continue Routine Cleaning and Disinfection. Continue or revise your plan based upon appropriate disinfectant and PPE availability. Dirty surfaces should be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection. Routinely disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily. Maintain safe practices such as frequent hand-washing, using cloth face coverings, and staying home if you are sick. Continue practices that reduce the potential for exposure. Maintain social distancing, staying six feet away from others. Reduce sharing of common spaces and frequently touched objects.