Information for Employers and Workplaces

Current business information (Reviewed July 8)

Requirements for All Businesses:

  1. Face coverings for employees (required) and customers (recommended) at all times.

  2. Daily health assessments by employers and/or employees

  3. Maintain good hygiene at all times – hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing.

  4. Clean and sanitize workplaces throughout workday and at the close of business or between shifts.

  5. Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines. Suggestions:

  • Establish maximum capacity at 50 percent of fire code.

  • Use appointments where possible to limit congestion.

Take the following actions when a COVID-19 illness is identified:

  • Make sure the local health department is aware of any employee infections.

  • Work with the health department to facilitate contact tracing and communicate with people who may have been exposed.

  • Shut down the facility for deep cleaning if possible.

  • Professionally clean and sanitize the location.

  • Reopen in consultation with the local health department.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required while employers and employees are on the job, unless one of the following applies:

    • An employee in a particular position is prohibited by a law or regulation from wearing a face covering.

    • A face covering is not advisable for health purposes.

    • Wearing a face covering on the job is against documented industry best practices.

    • Wearing a face covering violates a company’s safety policies.

    • There is a practical reason a face covering cannot be worn.

    • An employee is sitting alone in an enclosed workspace.

If any of these exceptions apply to your business or employees, written justification must be provided upon request.

Employee Health

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home until they are free of fever or symptoms (without the use of medication) for at least 24 hours AND symptoms have improved AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first began. Do not require a healthcare provider’s note to validate the illness or return to work of employees sick with acute respiratory illness; health care provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.

  • Ensure that your sick leave policies are up to date, flexible, and non-punitive to allow sick employees to stay home to care for themselves, children, or other family members. Consider encouraging employees to do a self-assessment each day to check if they have any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath).

  • Separate employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms from other employees and send them home immediately. Restrict their access to the business until they have recovered.

  • Find more answers to your questions here:

Resources for Businesses

Requirements and recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health

Sign requiring face coverings due to state order

Responsible Protocols for All Businesses (available in Spanish)

Sector-Specific Operating Requirements

COVID-19 Checklists (available in Spanish)

Information for Businesses and Workplaces

Business FAQs

Prepare your Small Business and Employees for the Effects of COVID-19

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility (via CDC)

Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Local resources from Wood County Health Department

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Other resources

OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Ohio EPA Division of Drinking and Ground Water’s Response and Guidance to COVID-19