Over the last several weeks, we have seen the spread of COVID-19 escalate around the world. The virus is now running rampant throughout the United States. In response, cities and states have taken drastic measures to isolate the virus and prevent more sickness and death among their residents.
For many, that means the closure of restaurants, bars, gyms and other non-essential businesses. Workers are required to work from home, rather than reporting to an office, unless they have a job in a critical industry such as healthcare or food supply.
Security Guard Industry Responds to Coronavirus in the United States
Industries across the board are feeling the impact of this pandemic, and likely will for quite some time. What do these closures mean for the sustainability of these businesses? What will happen with their employees? The security industry is starting to feel the impact of COVID-19 in a variety of ways.
At its core, security guards are in the business of customer service. They work with clients on-site to protect their businesses, employees and other valuable assets. Security guards are not effective working remotely; they need to be face-to-face and on location to do their jobs. They are tasked with working and facing potential risks while others are isolating, all to keep us safe and maintain order.
At Off Duty Officers, we take the safety and security of our guards very seriously. We also take pride in our commitment to providing all of our clients the services that they need, even in trying times. The reality is that the coronavirus situation is in constant flux; we can’t be sure what will happen one day to the next. All we can do is be as prepared as possible for every contingency, and respond where and when our clients need us.
As the effects of COVID-19 continue to be seen, we have seriously considered the fact that the virus has the potential to diminish the capacity of law enforcement, health personnel and other first responders. After all, our first responders are the ones who are in frequent contact with the public. In preparation for this possibility, all businesses, individuals and security personnel must continue to adhere to the safety precautions as set out by the CDC.
Expanded Need for Security Officers During COVID-19 Pandemic
With the business closures, self-isolations and other safety measures currently being enforced, you might think that there is a decreased need for security guards. However, now more than ever, security guards are being called upon to protect properties, businesses and people. New and emerging risks have made the demand for qualified security officers sharply increase over recent weeks.
Some of the clients currently seeking the assistance of security guards in the United States include:
Grocery and Big Box Retailers
During the initial onset of the virus in the United States, many residents flocked to retail stores in droves to obtain food, paper products and other supplies they needed for the period of isolation. Long lines and high tensions presented unique and new experiences for many stores, outside of Black Friday sales, perhaps. Security guards were called upon to manage large crowds, handle disputes and communicate to customers on behalf of management.
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are facing ever-increasing numbers of patients. Healthcare workers are being tried as they manage an influx of people, both typical patients and those infected with the coronavirus. And, with the fear of the virus spreading a top concern, additional measures are needed to ensure the safety of workers, patients and visitors alike.
Security guards have been, and continue to be, needed to handle the extra strain. They have been tasked with managing access to facilities, checking credentials and even taking the temperatures of those who wish to enter the facility. With only skeleton staffs available, security personnel have needed to step up in a variety of ways.
Unoccupied Office Buildings
With remote working being required by companies all across the country, thousands of usually bustling office buildings and business parks are now vacant. Vacant buildings will be appealing targets for thieves and vandals who want to take advantage of this rare opportunity. Businesses across all industries have sought the services of professional security officers to protect their properties and all of the valuable equipment inside.
Security Guards Step Up to Protect Businesses Against COVID-19
The crisis that we are currently facing will subside. However, until the worse has passed, individuals and businesses need to take the necessary safety and security precautions to keep people safe. Security officers from Off Duty Officers can help protect vacant businesses from crime, maintain order in retail establishments and assist healthcare facilities in managing the masses.
If you have questions about how to protect your business during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact our security professionals. Our team is standing by to answer all of your questions and give you the peace of mind you need during this challenging time.
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