COVID-19: Businesses and Employers

DPH and CDC recommends that employers and employees work to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. See examples and recommendations below on steps to take to accomplish this goal. Full CDC guidance for businesses with more detailed recommendations can be found here:

Prevent and Reduce Transmission Among Employees

  • Encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Review absenteeism policies to make sure employees are not being encouraged to come to work if they are sick
  • Cross-train employees for key functions so that daily schedules can continue relatively uninterrupted by potential employee absences
  • Consider conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks
  • Educate employees about steps they can take to protect themselves at work and at home
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Maintain Healthy Business Operations

  • Protect employees at higher risk for severe illness through supportive policies and practices (e.g. telework if available, duties that minimize contact with customers and other employees, etc.)
  • Communicate supportive workplace policies clearly and frequently, and via multiple methods
  • Determine how you will operate if absenteeism spikes
  • Establish policies and practices for social distancing (e.g. implement flexible worksites or work hours, implement teleworking if available, use signage to encourage distancing between employees and customers, etc.)

Maintain a healthy work environment

Other tips for businesses:

  • Establish a relationship with your local health department and communicate with them if you have any questions or concerns about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Work to make sure fear and anxiety don't lead to social stigma toward any employees.
  • Make sure you are getting reliable information from sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DPH
  • Individual letters will not be issued to employees by DPH concerning a person's ability to work