For businesses

Both the City of Springfield and Greene County have enacted 30-day Stay at Home Orders, to take effect March 26th at 12:01 am.

If you have questions about how these orders will impact your business, call 417-799-1570 or email essentialbusiness@springfieldmo.gov

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  1. Employers
  2. Employees

Prevention

Social distancing

  • Increase physical space between workers at the worksite. 
  • Staggering work schedules. 
  • Decreasing social contacts in the workplace (e.g. limit in-person meetings, meeting for lunch in a break room, etc.). 
  • Limit large work-related gatherings (e.g. staff meetings, after-work functions). 

Cleaning 

  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label. 
  • No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time. 
  • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use. 
  • Provide tissues, no-touch disposal receptacles (if possible), soap, water, and alcohol-based hands rubs in different locations throughout the workplace. 

Planning, looking ahead 

  • Create an Infectious Disease Outbreak Plan: 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. 
  • Other considerations (minimal to moderate approach): 
    • Limit non-essential work travel. 
    • Consider regular health checks (e.g. temperature and respiratory symptom screening) of staff and visitors entering buildings (if feasible). 
  • Other considerations (substantial approach): 
    • Implement extended telework arrangements (when feasible). 
    • Ensure flexible leave policies for staff who need to stay home due to school/childcare dismissals. 
    • Cancel non-essential work travel. 
    • Cancel work-sponsored conferences, tradeshows, etc. 

What to do if you have a confirmed case 

  • If you have an employee who has tested positive:
    • You will be notified by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department that you have an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • That employee will be required to be isolated until released by the Health Department.
    • The Health Department will work with the employer to develop a list of other employees who may have had contact with the employee who tested positive.
    • Any employee that met criteria for potential contact must quarantine at home for 14 days and will be contacted by the Health Department with more information.
    • CDC guidelines are used to determine potential contact which is based on a definition of close contact:
      • Being within approximately 6 ft of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged time such as caring for someone, living with someone, working regularly within 6 feet of someone.
      • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (an example would be being coughed on)
  • If you have an employee who is a contact of a positive COVID-19 case:
    • Any employee that met criteria for potential contact must quarantine at home for 14 days and may not return to work until notified by the Health Department.
  • If you have an employee who is a close contact of a person under a precautionary quarantine (as described above):
    • This employee is allowed to work with no restrictions.
    • If the person under precautionary quarantine becomes symptomatic, this employee will be contacted by the Health Department with further instructions.
  • Click here for more information about contacts of positive COVID-19 cases

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