As we begin to reopen our community, now is the time to begin planning how to open your business or organization as safely as possible.

Ready. Set. Reopen. will serve as a framework for our community to reopen its businesses in accordance with federal and state guidelines and ensure we limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible.



Develop your plan to reopen by utilizing the provided resources and toolkits.



Gather your needed supplies and set up your physical space according to your plan.



Communicate, evaluate, and be willing to modify your plan as needed after reopening.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department along with community partners have developed a Business and Economic Community Transition document for Cabell County and the City of Huntington.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department will be creating downloadable toolkits and additional resources for each industry in the coming days.

Guidance for Reopening

Routine testing of employees for COVID-19 is NOT required to reopen businesses.

Guidance for Reopening

All businesses will take actions to establish an appropriate social distance of 6 feet by marking areas where people may stand in line, creating one-way isles, provide signage outlining the distancing guidelines and any other restrictions which limit close contact of people.

Guidance for Reopening

Limit customers to 2 individuals per 1,000 square feet of customer floor space.

Guidance for Reopening

Businesses less than 1,000 square feet of customer floor space shall not permit that space to be occupied by more than 5 people.

Guidance for Reopening

For businesses whose sales are 80% grocery, not more than 3 individuals per 1,000 square feet of floor space at any given time.

Guidance for Reopening

Each business shall track the number of people per square foot who enter and leave the premises. Control should occur on a one in/one out basis.

Guidance for Reopening

Businesses shall encourage customers to place their order ahead and pick up and pay without entering the business when possible.

Guidance for Reopening

Any business open to the public will prominently display the directives required by this section in a conspicuous manner at each public point of entry to the business.

Guidance for Reopening

All workers are encouraged to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while in spaces with customers and other workers.

Guidance for Reopening

All customers are encouraged and/or provided a mask or face covering that covers their mouth and nose.

Guidance for Reopening

Ability to source, obtain and sustain delivery of protective supplies such as gloves, disinfecting spray/paper towels, hand wipes, soap for restrooms, and hand sanitizer placed throughout the business at appropriate levels.

Guidance for Reopening

Provide barriers (shield, face masks, or face shields) for employees exposed to the general public.

Guidance from the Governor’s Office

Face Covering Requirement

Gov. Justice announced an executive order requiring people 9 years and up to wear a face covering in confined public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Learn more:

Toolkit Signage

Need signage for your establishment to encourage the wearing of face coverings in accordance with Governor Jim Justice’s Executive Order? You can download and print signage from our toolkit.


(Clinical and Elective Medical Care)

Assess and source appropriate personal protective equipment, such as N-95 Masks, Surgical Masks, Gloves, Gowns, Face shields, Booties, PAPR, Tyvek Coveralls, Hand Sanitizer, and Hand Soap.

Assessment and inventory of Capacity, Ventilators, Isolation rooms, Surge capacity of hospital or clinical personnel.

Daycare Facilities

(Essential and Permitted)

  • Assess the operations of daycare facilities
  • Assess the capacity of the daycare facility
  • Each daycare shall develop a site-specific infection control plan
  • Obtaining temperatures or symptoms of staff and children (exclude immediately if symptomatic)


  • Develop plans for social distancing including outdoor dining areas, redesign seating arrangments, clear paths for entry and exit, party size and type, and waiting areas.
  • Reducing contact by only allowing entry for access restrooms, pick up a take-out order, or access outdoor seating areas, take reservations, utilize take-out model, and use non-touch or disposable paper menus (or sanitize menu between each use).
  • Develop cleaning and sanitizing protocols and require all employees to wear cloth face coverings.
  • Ensure food safety by encouraging disposable plates and utensils, designated trash bins, no buffets or self-service.
  • Communicate with customers by posting signage, installing barriers, and using technological solutions where possible to reduce person-to-person interaction. 

Non-Essential Businesses

Guidance for professional services (such as hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, pet grooming, etc.) also opening in Week 2 will be provided by the board or commission that regulates each professional service.

  • Does the business have policies, procedures and supplies?
  • Can these be sustained and appropriately adjusted?
  • How can the business follow the guidelines established with customer flow and social distancing (2 people per 2000 square feet, 5 total people if under 1000 square feet).
  • Each business should develop a site-specific plan to ensure compliance with the regulations in place at the time the business prepares for operations.

Religious Entities and Funeral Homes

To the extent that any religious entity or institution
cannot conduct services remotely, they are asked to conduct services and activities in accordance with federal, state, and local guidance for best practices. 

  • Instruct sick employees, volunteers, and guests to stay home;
  • Practice physical distancing by maintaining appropriate distance (at least
    6 feet) between people;
  • Maintain good hygiene by washing your hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, using your elbow to cover coughs, and not touching your face;
  • Implement environmental cleanliness and sanitation practices; and
  • Clean and disinfect work areas frequently.

General Guidance and Resources