New CDC Guidelines and Your Business
The CDC just announced major new guidelines concerning Covid-19 practices. They said that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or maintain physical distancing, unless required by federal, state, or local regulations, including business and workplace requirements.
Safety practices in office space are primarily shaped by the state. Before changing those practices in your business, wait for guidance from the state and possibly from OSHA which should come out shortly.
A confusing aspect to the new CDC guidelines is how businesses should determine who has and hasn't been vaccinated which is key to mask wearing. There will likely be recommendations in the near future on this as well.
Many employees are not ready to return to the office immediately. Employers should be sensitive to this. People are particularly concerned in indoor settings, when physical distance isn't maintained, when employees aren't masked, and when people don't have to prove that they are fully vaccinated. This is especially worrisome to parents and caregivers of young children who aren't currently eligible for the vaccine.
Employers should plan their workplace reopening deliberately and with great care. Be on the lookout for further guidelines from OSHA and the State. This will give you direction and protection. It will also make you less vulnerable to actions by your employees and customers and even potential legal actions.
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