CDC issues new guidelines for essential workers during pandemic

The guidelines cover actions both employees and employers in essential industries, such as public safety, should take


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines for essential workers, such as those in public safety and the healthcare and food supply industries. The guidance is focused on when those workers can return to work after having been exposed to the new coronavirus.

  • Do take your temperature before work.
  • Do wear a face mask at all times.
  • Do practice social distancing as work duties permit.
  • Don't stay at work if you become sick
  • Don't share headsets or objects used near face.
  • Don't congregate in the break room or other crowded places.

The CDC also issued guidance for employers in essential industries.

A chart outlining new guidelines by the CDC for essential workers is displayed during a briefing about COVID-19 in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Washington.
A chart outlining new guidelines by the CDC for essential workers is displayed during a briefing about COVID-19 in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Do take employees' temperature and assess for symptoms prior to their starting work.
  • Do increase the frequency of cleaning commonly touched surfaces.
  • Do increase air exchange in the building.
  • Do send sick workers home immediately.
  • Do test the use of face masks to ensure they don't interfere with workflow.

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