By Julie Steenhuysen
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). USA Guidelines were issued Thursday to help schools and workplaces determine if they are ready to open their businesses.
It provided six “decision trees” that cover yes or no scenarios to help assess readiness for opening workplaces, restaurants and bars, public transportation, childcare, camps, and schools.
“These six decision trees are to help the leaders of these entities think about health considerations and make operational decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic,” a CDC spokesman said in an emailed statement.
The tools emphasize working with state and local health officials. Its goal is to help business owners develop policies for their employees.
For example, when deciding whether to open a restaurant or bar, the guideline asks if the reopening will be consistent with state and local requests, and if the business is ready to protect employees at increased risk of serious illness. If the answer is no, it is recommended that restaurants and bars do not open.
In many cases, companies are encouraged to require employees to wear masks. The CDC already recommends that the general public wear face covers while in closed public spaces.
The CDC said it could issue more guidance as needed to help states as they begin to reopen businesses.
(Report by Julie Steenhuysen in Chicago and Michael Erman in New York; Edition by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)