Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Summary of Changes to the Guidance:

As of December 31, 2020

  • Expanded section on in-person or virtual health checks
  • Added a section on considerations for testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Addressed shortened quarantine options. Shortening quarantine may increase willingness to adhere to public health recommendations; however, shortened quarantine may be less effective in preventing transmission of COVID-19 than the currently recommended 14-day quarantine.
  • Clarified that all workers should wear masks (unless respirators or facemasks are required) in accordance with CDC and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance and any state or local requirements
  • Clarified that, in addition to preventing the wearer’s respiratory droplets from reaching others, masks might be protective to the wearer

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Centers for Disease Control

Health Checklist Guidance (CDC)