Should I allow critical infrastructure employees to work if they have been exposed but are not showing symptoms of COVID-19?
To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, the CDC advises that critical infrastructure employees may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional safety practices are implemented to protect them and the community. However, reintegrating exposed, asymptomatic employees to onsite operations, while discussed in the critical infrastructure guidance, should not be misinterpreted as always being the first or most appropriate option to pursue in managing critical work tasks. Staying home may still be the most preferred and protective option for exposed employees.
Critical infrastructure employees who have been exposed but remain symptom-free and must return to in-person work should adhere to the following practices before and during their work shift: pre-screen for symptoms, monitor regularly for symptoms, wear a cloth face covering, practice social distancing, and clean and disinfect workspaces.