The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance on limiting COVID-19 transmission in office buildings, and loosened some language on reopening churches and houses of worship during the pandemic. The workplace recommendations are exhaustive, and include employee temperature checks, desks spaced 6 feet apart, no seating in common areas, and face coverings donned at all times. “Use signs, tape marks, or other visual cues such as decals or colored tape on the floor, placed 6 feet apart, to indicate where to stand when physical barriers are not possible,” the guidance reads. “Replace high-touch communal items, such as coffee pots, water coolers, and bulk snacks, with alternatives such as pre-packaged, single-serving items.” Rigorous disinfection of common surfaces is also recommended, as well as strict sick policies. Also suggested is the avoidance of carpooling and commuting using mass transit. Most American office workers, if deemed non-essential, have been working from home since mid-March, when states enacted stay-at-home orders. As those orders lift, businesses are trying to reimagine how to safely work onsite during the pandemic.

 

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