What can I tell my employees about reducing the spread of COVID-19 at work?

Employees should take the following steps to protect themselves at work:

  • Follow the policies and procedures of the employer related to illness, cleaning and disinfecting, and work meetings and travel.
  • Stay home if sick, except to get medical care.
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from fellow co-employees, customers, and visitors when possible.
  • Wear cloth face coverings, especially when social distancing is not possible.
  • Employees should inform their supervisor if they or their colleagues develop symptoms at work. No one with COVID-19 symptoms should be present at the workplace.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing noses, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
    • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, etc.
  • Where possible, avoid direct physical contact such as shaking hands with people.
  • Minimize handling cash, credit cards, and mobile or electronic devices when possible.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel.