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Reopening Guidance Released by the CDC Regarding Workplace Practices

Published:  April 30, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers and employees will be returning to a “new normal” within the workplace as individual states begin to reopen, and employees return to their offices. In order to ensure a clean, healthy and safe transition back into physical workplaces, the CDC has released recommended guidelines with a focus on cleaning and disinfecting areas including workspaces, businesses, schools, homes, and public spaces. Within these recommendations, CDC advises employers to develop, and revise as necessary, a plan on when and how often to clean and disinfect surfaces prior to and after its opening. The plan should include what surfaces only need to be clean with soap and water, and what surfaces need to be disinfected with cleaners, depending on the frequency of the surface being touched.

Additionally, the CDC recommends employers implement a routine cleaning and disinfection. Workplaces, business, and schools which are unoccupied for a duration of more than seven (7) days, need only a routine cleaning based upon the findings that COVID-19 does not survive on surfaces for this length of time; shorter time frames should be disinfected depending on the frequency of surface touching. In consideration of individuals conducting the cleaning and sanitation, it is recommended that employers provide appropriate PPE for the cleaning staff.

During this time period of reopening, it is important to continue to practice safe behavioral practices including social distancing, frequent hand-washing, wearing face coverings, avoiding touching your face, and staying home when you do not feel well.  Although these guidelines are not mandated, it is strongly recommended employers consider implementing these safe practices to stop the spread of the virus.

If you have any questions about the CDC’s Guidelines, or any other employment law topics, please contact the attorneys at Royal, P.C.