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Reopening Guidelines Aimed at Retailers, Showrooms

WASHINGTON, DC — Strategies aimed at assisting retail outlets, offices, showrooms and other businesses open more safely during the COVID-19 pandemic are being offered by the American Institute of Architects.

The AIA announced a series of coronavirus-mitigation strategies utilizing a 17-point architectural, engineering and administrative framework aimed at reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission, promoting social-distancing standards and enhancing personal wellbeing. The strategies were developed by a team of architects, public health experts, engineers and facility managers as part of the AIA’s “Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Buildings” initiative, the Washington, DC-based trade association said.

“Design strategies provide a holistic approach to modifying stores and offices (and) also provide cost-effective options that can be implemented immediately and suggest alternatives for creating more flexible spaces, enhancing social connectedness, and reinforcing healthy behaviors,” the AIA said, adding that common hazards and considerations for employers are also provided.

A comprehensive report regarding the initiative is available on the association’s website, www.aia.org.

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