Should You Wait to Start a New Business in California Until More People Have the COVID Vaccine?

Should You Wait to Start a New Business in California Until More People Have the COVID Vaccine?

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Scott Dylan Westerlund
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Did you know that Californians are still under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic? While nearly the whole country went on lockdown in March of 2020, most states have lifted their stay-at-home orders now that we’re a year into the crisis.

Despite that, California remains diligent with its protective measures. As a result, countless businesses still aren’t permitted to open, and many citizens have decided to move to a different state entirely. If you live in California and you’re considering opening a business during the pandemic, then these facts deserve your attention. Should you wait until the COVID vaccine becomes more widespread before you start your new business?

Is Opening a Business During the Pandemic a Good Idea?

First thing’s first – you may be wondering whether opening a business during the pandemic is a good idea at all. We’re here to assure you that countless businesses have not only survived the pandemic but thrived through it. In fact, new data shows that a whopping half a million new businesses have opened their doors since the COVID pandemic began. That’s only a 14% drop from the year preceding the pandemic.

Numbers like those indicate that opening a business during the pandemic is achievable. Despite that, there are specific pandemic considerations you’ll need to consider before you open your doors. Those considerations include:
• PPE for your staff
• Implementing social distancing measures
• Notices or signs explaining mask mandates to customers
• Whether you can make allocations for customers who have COVID-19 concerns
• Allocating extra money towards pandemic expenses
• Whether your business will mandate that employees get the COVID vaccine

Most of these different considerations will cost your business money and time. Prior to the pandemic, these issues may or may not have been an issue. If you’re considering opening your business any time soon, then you need to think about all of these considerations before you commit to opening.

California and the Pandemic: Should You Start a Business in 2021?

Each state has its own pandemic-related restrictions, and California is still being very protective of its citizens. California’s recent restrictions may limit your business activities, so you need to stay up-to-date on changes to ensure that you’re permitted to open your doors in 2021.

California counties have different tiers, and each tier has different restrictions. A county’s tier level is determined based on the area’s current COVID case count. Your business may not be able to open right away if the county is experiencing a sudden increase in the number of COVID cases.

The good news is that things are starting to change thanks to the COVID vaccine. Starting in June, California is expected to start lifting some of its restrictions. For new and upcoming businesses, this is great news! As restrictions lift, more Californians will be ready to go out and hit the town. With that in mind, 2021 might just be the best year to start a business in California.

Will the COVID Vaccine Make Things Go Back to Normal?

Right now, everyone is awaiting the moment that things can go back to normal. The CDC has recently confirmed that it’s okay for fully vaccinated Americans to start going about their lives without wearing masks and without being forced to social distance. With that in mind, it seems like the COVID vaccine will help things get back to normal to some degree.

As more Americans get vaccinated, more businesses in California will be free to open up completely once again. That means you shouldn’t wait to start a new business until more people have the COVID vaccine. Right now, over half of American adults have already received at least one dose. Waiting too long to re-open will not only cause your motivation to droop, but it could also be costing you money, too.

So, what are you waiting for? Are you ready to open up your business in California in 2021? If you have more legal questions to take care of before you open your doors, then it might be a good idea to run your ideas by a business lawyer to ensure you’re compliant with the most recent updates. Navigate over to our lawyer search now to find a skilled attorney that can help you with your business needs ASAP.


This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.
 
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