May 11, 2020
Authored by: Susan Brice, Daniel Waxman and Brooke Cook
If you have a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case tied to your premises, what you should do depends on whether the person is an employee or an invitee, such as a customer or business guest. While the rules are similar, there are some distinctions.
If the person is an invitee, follow the evolving guidelines published online by the CDC and state and local health authorities and determine whether the applicable state or local health authorities require a non-employee case to be reported.
If the person is an employee, also follow the evolving CDC and state and local health authority guidance. The CDC guidance discusses at length measures businesses should take to reduce the transmission of the virus, to maintain a healthy business operation, and to maintain a healthy work environment.
Moreover, as an employer, you must also comply with OSHA guidance. There is a significant question as to