Businesses and employees alike are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  The CDC recently updated their guidance to businesses in response to the Coronavirus pandemic on Saturday March 21, 2020.

COVID19 CDC Tips for Businesses to Reduce Transmission

With multiple statewide orders to shelter-in-place, many non-essential businesses have temporarily closed but there are still some that are open.

Ways to Reduce Transmission Among Employees

Separate Sick Employees

Employers and businesses can reduce transmission among employees by actively encouraging sick employees to stay home, especially those exhibiting symptoms of COVID19 such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc. If employee becomes sick, they should follow the CDC guidance, seek medical attention, and not return to work until their home isolation is complete and they consult with their doctor and state and local health departments.

Employees caring a sick family member with COVID-19 should notifiy their supervisor and follow CDC precautions.

Reduce Face-to-Face interactions

Maintain 6 feet of distance between employees, adjust seating chart if necessary, or offer telework/remote work options.

Educate Employees to Ways to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

Promote frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, dispose tissue immediately and wash hands for 20 seconds.  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at work.  Avoid using other employees’ frequently touched items.  Practice social distancing and avoid large crowds.