Information for Employers and Workplaces
Current business information (Reviewed July 8)
Requirements for All Businesses:
Face coverings for employees (required) and customers (recommended) at all times.
Daily health assessments by employers and/or employees
Maintain good hygiene at all times – hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing.
Clean and sanitize workplaces throughout workday and at the close of business or between shifts.
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 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.
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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/general-business-faq.html
Resources for Businesses
Requirements and recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information
Local resources from Wood County Health Department
*Make requests to email@example.com
Handwashing poster (printed copies also available at Wood County Health Department)