COVID-19: Businesses and Employers

DPH recommends that employers and employees:

  • Use teleworking technologies to the greatest extent possible. 
  • Stagger work schedules. 
  • Consider canceling non-essential travel.

Businesses should also: 

  • Hold larger meetings virtually, to the extent possible.
  • Arrange the workspace to optimize the distance between employees, ideally at least six feet apart.
  • Urge high-risk employees to stay home.
  • Urge employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.
  • Follow DPH guidance for community events and groups. It is recommended that gatherings of more than 50 people be postponed or canceled.

Other tips for businesses:

  • Reinforce good hand hygiene tips and other common-sense precautions with employees and patrons.
  • Review policies and procedures for remote or teleworking where possible.
  • Cross-train employees for key functions so that daily schedules can continue relatively uninterrupted by potential employee absences.
  • Review absenteeism policies to make sure employees are not being encouraged to come to work if they are sick.
  • 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).
  • Review CDC recommendations for cleaning practices.
  • 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.

More information is available from the CDC on how businesses can plan and respond.