Preparing Workplaces for a COVID-19 Outbreak following CDC guidance


Establishing policies and practices for social distancing among your employees can be crucial to avoid the COVID-19 outbreak. Social distancing means avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible (e.g., breakrooms and cafeterias).

We want to share some strategies that your business could use include during this times.


  • Implementing flexible worksites (e.g., telework)

  • Implementing flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts)

  • Increasing physical space between employees at the worksite

  • Increasing physical space between employees and customers (e.g., drive through, partitions)

  • Implementing flexible meeting and travel options (e.g., postpone non-essential meetings or events)

  • Downsizing operations

  • Delivering services remotely (e.g. phone, video, or web)

  • Delivering products through curbside pick-up or delivery

Support respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene for employees, customers, and worksite visitors:

  • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles.

  • Provide soap and water in the workplace. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. If hands are visibly dirty, soap and water should be chosen over hand sanitizer. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained.

  • Place hand sanitizers in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.

  • Place posters that encourage hands hygiene to help stop the spread at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.

  • Discourage handshaking – encourage the use of other non-contact methods of greeting.

Perform routine environmental cleaning

  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs.

  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

  • Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.

  • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks, other work tools and equipment) can be wiped down by employees before each use. To disinfect, use products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-Cov-2external icon he cause of COVID-19, and are appropriate for the surface.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).