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Safer Spaces

Many small businesses – in both advanced and emerging economies – report having weak balance sheet positions and the majority are pessimistic about their prospects of surviving the year without a return of demand in the global economy. Given the reality that the supply for vaccines will outstrip demand for months to come – and with the virus spreading faster than ever – it will be vital for governments to use every tool available to safely reopen local economies. Scientific evidence suggests that a holistic approach to risk mitigation – one which embraces mask-wearing, social distancing, handwashing, ventilation upgrades, testing and contact tracing – allows businesses to continue their operations with limited spread of the virus. To take one example: studies have shown that effective testing and verification systems have significant untapped potential to restore economic activity and global mobility – regardless of the progress of global vaccination efforts.

 

Through ICC’s Safer Spaces initiative, we are providing a platform to access a broad range of tools, resources and guidance for SMEs, supply chain leaders and policy makers to support the effective reopening of small businesses; to enable international travel; and to build vaccine confidence.

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REOPENING GUIDANCE

ICC has worked with partners such as UNICEF and the World Travel and Tourism Council to develop practical business continuity guides in a variety of languages. We have also compiled a number of resources from leading health authorities and civil society groups.

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RESTORING INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY

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VACCINE CONFIDENCE

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