In addition to the guidelines provided by the Insights Association for reopening the marketing research and data analytics industry, there are new federal and state government recommendations and new guidelines from the Market Research Society (MRS) to consider as state/localities slowly allow us to return to work.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided a "tool" aiming "to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers." CDC's more detailed guidance/plans are not necessarily official, but may be useful, such as the guidelines for employers handling staff who are high risk individuals (on Page 49).

Further, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently "developed an Exercise Starter Kit with sample documents your organization can use to conduct your own planning workshop to navigate the complexities of returning to full operations during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The Exercise Starter Kit includes a sample facilitator guide and conduct slides that are designed to be adapted and customized for your own needs."

For the Golden State, the California Department of Public Health offered guidance for office workspaces and an accompanying checklist, as well as more statewide industry guidance to reduce risk.

Meanwhile, our friends at MRS published a new set of guidelines for returning to work, including for face-to-face activity.