Updates in the Law
The CDC has issued updated guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. People who have been fully vaccinated for the coronavirus no longer need to quarantine if they are exposed to someone as long as they have had both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and at least two weeks have passed since the second dose was administered. However, they should still self-quarantine if exposed and more than three months have elapsed since receiving the second shot or are experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
The CDC just updated its masking guidelines, now recommending that individuals wear two masks – a well-fitting surgical mask underneath a cloth mask. Should you be recommending or requiring the same for your employees (and visitors)?
According to CDC research, wearing two masks reduces Covid exposure by 96.4%. But, if everyone wears one well-fitting mask, the difference is negligible between one mask and two masks. Therefore, instead of focusing on having folks now wear two masks, perhaps you should make sure that your employees (and visitors) have the information they need to understand how to wear one mask:
OSHA’s guidance related to Covid-19 continues to evolve and further changes are expected. If you have any questions, please contact any member of our Employment Law group.