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COVID-19 Information for Businesses

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Is your business essential?

Stay Home, Stay Healthy applies to everyone except essential work that can’t be performed remotely:

  • Emergency services.
  • Healthcare.
  • Child care centers.
  • Law enforcement.
  • Public works.
  • Grocery stores.
  • Gas stations.
  • Garbage pickup.

Keep your employees and customers healthy.

Essential Businesses
 Grocery Stores
 Food Establishments
Child Care

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Post healthy reminders for your employees.

Health Check
 Stay home if you're sick.
 Wash your hands.
 Cover your coughs
and sneezes.

Health Check

 Stay home if you're sick.  Wash your hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes. 

How to prepare for COVID-19 in your business

Businesses should plan how to decrease the spread COVID-19 during the pandemic. We recommended the following strategies.

Clean and disinfect infographicUrge employees, particularly sick ones, to stay home.

  • Employees with a fever or who show symptoms of acute respiratory illness should stay home.
  • Don't require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness.
  • Encourage all employees to protect themselves:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

Implement social distancing.

  • All employees should telework as much as possible.
  • Apply social distancing methods:
    • Offer flexible work hours. 
    • Stagger work schedules.
    • Avoid contact like handshakes or high-fives. Maintain 6 feet of separation.
    • Remove large work-related gatherings like conferences or staff meetings.
    • Meet via phone or electronically, rather than in-person.

Ensure your sick leave policies are up to date.

  • Understand Washington's paid sick leave law. 
  • Maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for themselves or a sick family member.
  • Review policies to ensure your sick leave policies and practices are consistent with public health guidance.
  • Establish a process to communicate information to employees and business partners.

Prepare for increased absences.

  • Monitor and respond to absenteeism at the workplace. Implement plans to continue essential business functions in the event you experience high levels of absent employees.
  • Cross-train staff to perform essential functions so your business can operate even if key staff members are absent.
  • Prepare to change your business practices if needed to maintain critical operations (e.g., identify alternative suppliers, prioritize customers, or temporarily suspend some of your operations if needed).
  • Consider canceling non-essential business travel to other countries per CDC's travel guidance.

Notify employees of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, notify employees of their potential exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Make sure you maintain confidentiality, as required by the Americans with Disability Act.



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