What the New CDC Recommendations Mean for Small Businesses

January 4, 2022

It’s January 4th, and I am pretty sure I asked my travel agent to put me somewhere on a beach sipping a Corona, not back here at the Corona Carnival. This place just isn’t fun any more, and I have had my fill of fried food on a stick. But, here we are. With the recent surge and with how contagious this variant is, I think we do need to take a look at what the current CDC recommendations mean for small business owners.

It is good news for employers that the quarantine recommendations have been shortened, which means less time off for employees who test positive. Right now, anyone who tests positive should isolate for five days if they are asymptomatic or if their symptoms are going away, which the CDC defines as 24 hours free of fever. After those five days, they should wear a mask for the next five.  

If your employee has been exposed to someone who has tested positive, they might not need to quarantine. Anyone who was vaccinated in the last six months can continue to work while masked. Those who are not vaccinated or who were vaccinated more than six months ago should quarantine for five days and then mask for the next five.

As always, you are free to set more stringent guidelines for your own business if you choose. If you are thinking about making masks or vaccines mandatory, here’s a look back at what I wrote on those subjects. 

If you need guidance on any of these subjects, I am here to help! Feel free to reach out at any time. Be sure to follow me on Instagram or like my Facebook page for the latest on changes to these recommendations and other small business related news.

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