Businesses and Employers

Phase 2 of the Plan for Florida’s Recovery will take effect June 5, 2020 for all Florida counties except Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.

Effective June 5, 2020, the following restrictions and best practices are mandatory for personal care services, including but not limited to tattooing, body piercing, tanning, acupuncture, and massage (medical and non-medical).

If your business has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible for assistance for Florida businesses. See more information. If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. See more information.

 

Preparing Workplaces for a COVID-19 Outbreak

Businesses and employers can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. As an employer, if your business operations were interrupted, resuming normal or phased activities presents an opportunity to update your COVID-19 preparedness, response, and control plans. All employers should implement and update as necessary a plan that:

  • is specific to your workplace,
  • identifies all areas and job tasks with potential exposures to COVID-19, and
  • includes control measures to eliminate or reduce such exposures.

Talk with your employees about planned changes and seek their input. Additionally, collaborate with employees and employee organizations to effectively communicate important COVID-19 information.

See the OSHA COVID-19 guidance for more information on how to protect workers from potential exposures, according to their exposure risk. Plans should consider that employees may be able to spread COVID-19 even if they do not show symptoms.

All employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower the impact in your workplace. This should include activities to:

  • prevent and reduce transmission among employees,
  • maintain healthy business operations, and
  • maintain a healthy work environment.

See more information for businesses and employers resuming normal or phased operations to prevent and reduce transmission among employees, maintain healthy business operations, and maintain a healthy work environment, including specific information for restaurants, bars and small businesses.

 

Resources

Guidance for Building Water Systems – CDC website  This resource provides important information that will assist building owners and prevent the potential for Legionnaires’ disease upon facility reopening.

Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic – FEMA website

See more information for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. – CDC Website

The virus most likely originally emerged from an animal source and now spreads from person-to-person. Like the common cold, it is spread by droplets, often generated when a person sneezes or coughs.

Respiratory swabs (nose and throat) are collected by a health care provider and sent to a private laboratory or one of the state public health laboratories for COVID-19 testing.

To be tested for COVID-19 an order from a healthcare provider may be required. Your healthcare provider can either collect a sample for testing in their office or provide an order to obtain testing at an alternative testing site. Some testing sites require an order from a healthcare provider, and for an appointment to be scheduled in advance, though there are a number of sites that will test regardless of symptoms and without an appointment.

The locations of COVID-19 testing are decided and coordinated by local communities. State-supported testing sites can be found here.

The length of time that the virus survives likely depends on factors. These factors could include the type of material or body fluid containing the virus and various environmental conditions such as temperature or humidity. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutions are designing standardized experiments to measure how long COVID-19 can survive in situations that simulate natural environmental conditions.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The list of disinfectant products can be found at https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2.

All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 10.

Domestic Travel: The COVID-19 outbreak in United States is a rapidly evolving situation. The status of the outbreak varies by location and state and local authorities are updating their guidance frequently. The White House’s Opening Up America Again plan means some parts of the country may have different guidance than other areas. Check with the state or local authorities where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination to learn about local circumstances and any restrictions that may be in place.

International Travel: The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial travel options remain available, U.S. citizens should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite length of time. For more information, visit the Department of State website.

For more detailed information: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/