For food establishments

At this time, food establishments are only permitted to operate delivery, pickup, and drive-thru services only. No dine-in service is allowed. 

  1. Management
  2. Workers


  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home: Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick. 
  • Policy Guidance: Ensure that sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies. They should permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member; more employees may need to stay at home to care for sick family members than is usual. 
  • Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work (healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way). 
  • Communication in the Workplace 

Social distancing

  • CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.  


  • Clean frequently touched non-food contact surfaces and objects daily (e.g. touch screens, counter tops, chairs, credit card point of sale machines, napkin/utensil dispensers, door handles and knobs. etc.) using a regular household or commercial detergent and water.  
  • For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
  • Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:  
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water or 
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water 

Planning, looking ahead 

  • In case of US outbreak, consider how best to decrease the spread of acute respiratory illness and lower impact COVID-19 in your workplace in the event of an outbreak in the US. 
    • Considerations 
      • Disease severity (number of people sick) in the community where business is located 
      • Impact of disease on employees that are vulnerable and may be at a higher risk for COVID-19 adverse health complications 
      • Potential increase in numbers of employee absences due to illness in employees and/or family members 
    • Implement plans to continue essential business functions in case you experience higher than usual absenteeism. 
    • Cross-train personnel to perform essential functions so business can operate even without key staff members. 
    • provide local managers with the authority to take appropriate actions outlined in their business infectious disease outbreak response plan based on the condition in each locality. 
    • Coordinate with state and local health officials so timely and accurate information can guide responses. 
    • Create an Infectious Disease Outbreak Plan  

What to do if you have a confirmed case 

  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of your potential exposure. 

For more information 

Share Facts, Not Fear

WHO’s Basic Protective Measures Against the New Coronavirus

CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Guidance for Travel 

World Health Organization: Coronavirus Q & A