Balancing covid-containment and Business continuity

Business Continuity

Our prosperous future depends on sustainability ̶ on the capacity of businesses to remain open, thriving, and prosperous. 

Introducing Safe Space 1st

Keeping space safe is critical to sustainability. It is good for both business and the community. But in March, 2020, the first lockdown happened in North America, and sustainability for businesses was lost. 

Within a dozen months, more than 200,000 small businesses closed, along with supply chain disruptions and more than $20 trillion of financial damage. 

Damaging misinformation and conflicting guidelines caused widespread distrust within the community. 

Why Safe Space 1st

  • Consistent safety standards for keeping space safe rather than controlling people’s behavior
  • A non-profit organization: community led, where all voices are heard
  • A clear program for responding to health threats, one that is flexible and adaptable to emerging situations
  • Clear, consistent measures that help increase public confidence.

This voluntary program supports and endorses businesses that are following the regional recommendations and guidelines regarding the prevention and spread of Covid-19. 

By reading through our guidelines and filling out the registration acknowledging that your business is committed to adhering with all listed recommendations, you will be given a certificate that you can post in a visible location of your business to show your customers that they can expect a safe and healthy environment where they can shop or enjoy a meal and engage with others.

We have prepared a framework of guidelines for universal Safe Space Management that all businesses can use with confidence.

The Safe Space Advisory System was created to clearly identify the current local pandemic threat level. And the necessary steps needed to protect your citizens based on that level of risk.


businesses are the hearts of their communities and develop a culture of unity while allowing economies and communities to thrive

Safe Space

having a framework for managing space allows businesses, consumers and employees to understand the confines of allocated areas and leaves no room for ambiguity. Taking into account all elements of a business, businesses can begin to plan for a sustainable future. All businesses and the safety of their operation are essential.

Continuity & Sustainability

The future ahead is uncertain. The economy, communities, and business owners depend on the sustainability of businesses to survive. Businesses need to be able to withstand unprecedented times and operate safely.

Transition your business model to the new normal

Safe Space 1st Management has developed space management plans for maintaining complete business efficiency
while following the outlined standards of Safe Space Management.

Leave it to the experts to onboard staff with new policies
and set your business up for a smooth re-opening. Focus on
profitability while we set you up for lasting resilience and
ensure the highest level of Safe Space management for health and safety.

Press Releases

The future of our businesses and the economy depends on the choices that we make today. Instead of continuing lockdown measures, consistent social distance control plans need to be addressed and enforced as mandatory regulations for all businesses and the public to follow. The overall costs to businesses, government, health care, and our social health are rising due to continuous shutdowns. Inconsistent and reactive planning has also resulted in frustration from the public and a lack of trust in the government. We seem to be going backward, so if there is a strict focus on Social Distance Compliance, we will have a better chance of slowly rebuilding our economy to what it was pre-pandemic.

Businesses have attempted to adapt by providing alternative ways for their customers to shop, such as contactless curbside pickup, delivery, and other virtual services. These have all been costly adjustments, and unfortunately, many businesses have had to make tough decisions to layoff additional employees and even permanently close their doors. With the constant closures and openings, companies do not have the chance to rebuild what they once had. The American and Canadian governments also have economic response plans to support citizens and businesses by releasing funding to qualified applicants. The CARES Act to help American households, and the Canada Emergency Response Benefits (CERB) includes funding to support those employed or self-employed. Millions of dollars have been put towards these relief funds as the economy is worsening.

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Community-driven neighborhoods typically filled with our favorite places to visit, eat, or shop are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Various popular restaurants, local shops, and many other small businesses have been forced to shut their doors due to lockdown orders. These small businesses are deemed non-essential, yet they provide the same products that essential, big-box stores sell on their shelves. Along with big-box stores and essential businesses staying open, more restrictions are being set on their operating hours. All businesses should remain essential with mandatory social distance measures, capacity limits, and necessary safety protocols, so permanent closures and lay-offs are no longer a trend.

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Reactive is the best way to describe the approach that local, regional, federal governments, and businesses have taken towards the challenges of the pandemic. The decisions have been inconsistent throughout the entire pandemic. We have been reacting based on different metrics, and mass confusion of both health and government officials working with a problem that we all have experienced for the 1st time in our lives, but that does not mean that we need to continue to make the same mistakes over and over.

There is a false pretense that certain events in the future including the distribution of vaccines will shorten our pandemic struggles within the next year, but that of course is not realistic. 

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Further measures and restrictions have been placed on many newly classified, non-essential businesses throughout Canada and the United States due to increases in COVID-19 cases. Small businesses, especially in the food and hospitality industry, have been hit the hardest with requirements, such as dining restrictions. Social Distance Management sees what these community-driven businesses are going through as an opportunity to provide them with needed support and resources to transition to being productive while remaining safe.

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Social Distance Management calls for the business community to adopt universal standards of Social Distance Compliance to promote uniformity and prevent repeat lockdowns. The biggest issue for many business owners is the lack of leadership. John Hopkins University is calling for a total “reset” on the Federal Response to COVID-19 as the U.S. just past 150,000 Coronavirus deaths and has over a quarter of the world’s active cases, with 4.5 Million confirmed. In the last month alone there has been 1.9 Million positive test results. 

North America is at a critical juncture as September approaches and the discussion of reopening schools in-person has fierce criticism. 

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Lack of clarity and preparedness on local levels in relation to public health risks must be addressed. Social Distance Management suggests that protocols to take preventative measures in local populations starting from Phase 4 of the WHO “Pandemic Phases” must be done swiftly to prevent extreme lockdown or further restrictive measures and disruptions in daily life.


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Throughout North America, individual jurisdictions and business owners have been given autonomy in their re-opening strategies with basic frameworks for sanitation and containment provided by the government. While there have been resources and procedures put forth throughout various networks, Social Distance Management calls for the business community to adopt universal standards of Social Distance Compliance to promote uniformity and prevent repeat lockdowns. Collaboration amongst political and health officials along with the business community has never been more important. 

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