The Coronavirus 2019 pandemic has presented extraordinary global challenges. As we continue to navigate the coronavirus together we remain committed to leading with transparency and making our decisions based on facts and science – relying on the experts to support our actions so we are always doing what’s best for you – our customers, our employees and the communities we serve.
For the last few weeks, we have been closely monitoring and preparing for all the possible scenarios and ensuring we have the right plans and resources in place, defined by the expert guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health authorities.
A list of the measures Goodwill of North Georgia is taking to help you have a healthy shopping, donating, and/or job search experience is available below.
In addition to keeping yourself safe and well, Goodwill is also taking the following steps to help reduce the prevention of the flu, coronavirus and other illnesses at our locations:
- Goodwill is ensuring there is sufficient soap in restrooms and break rooms for washing hands.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers (with at least 60% alcohol) are now available in certain common areas and workstations. Each department is currently assessing additional areas where we can supply hand sanitizer for general use.
- We are posting flyers in restrooms and conspicuous places encouraging proper hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette.
- Our staff members are already required to wear protective gloves if emptying and collecting trash are part of their regular job duties. However, we encourage anyone who empties trash or picks up tissues to use gloves when performing these duties and then to wash their hands before moving on to other tasks.
Looking ahead, we will continue to follow our coronavirus protocols, rooted in care for our employees, shoppers, donors, and jobseekers, as well as expertise from the CDC. The frequent, additional cleaning and sanitizing procedures already underway in all our locations are fully in line CDC guidance.
Small actions can make a big difference when everyone lends a hand. Thank you for doing your part.
Keith T. Parker
President & CEO