As you know, the CDC has issued new guidance that allows employees in most industries to no longer wear facemasks or social distance if they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and a growing number of states including: Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington State are following the CDC’s new guidance. Industries that still require facemasks and social distancing include: hospitals, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities, and public transportation.
This new guidance gives employers in the states that are following the CDC guidelines a new option of not requiring employees to wear facemasks or social distance should they wish to do so. Please refer to the guidelines of your state and local Departments of Health for mask use guidelines for your specific area.
Employers Have Two Basic Options
With the new guidelines, employers essentially have two options:
Continue with current mask wearing and social distancing protocols or no longer require vaccinated employees to wear facemasks and social distance at work.
Option #1 – employers are still permitted to require the use of facemasks and to social distance. Essentially, employers can simply continue with their current policy and procedures. If you plan to continue with your current policy, we still encourage you to communicate this information to your employees.
For your convenience, we have included a sample memorandum that you can share with your staff if you plan to keep your current policy in place:
Option #2 – employees who have been fully vaccinated will have the option to not wear facemasks or social distance after they provide the organization with proof of vaccination. With this option, we are recommending that employees show their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to HR or other company representative. The company can then approve the employee to not wear a facemask or to social distance any longer. Employees who do not share their vaccination record must continue to wear a facemask and social distance until your state/local municipalities eliminate their mask mandates.
For your convenience, we have included a sample memorandum that you can use to communicate option 2 to your employees:
There are obviously pros and cons to either option and there will be organizations that will elect to do a hybrid of both options.
Please keep the following in mind when making decisions for your organization:
If you have any questions as to what you should do at your organization or seek further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at: email@example.com or call/text at: 610-334-6888.
Tom Hubric, President