On July 6, Massachusetts moved into Phase III of its reopening plan, which allows many businesses and offices spaces to return to the physical workplace. With Phase III comes a new mandatory safety standard: screening employees for COVID-19 or close contact at the beginning of each shift. While the Office Spaces Safety Standards are geared toward office workplaces, we interpret this requirement to encompass an employer’s obligations to both employees and visitors to the office. We highlight the key takeaways for employers below.
In its Safety Standards, Massachusetts requires that office spaces must screen employees at the beginning of each shift by:
The Safety Standards require that employees who fail to meet these criteria must be sent home and may not enter the workplace. To combat close contact and congestion in the workplace during screening, the Safety Standards recommend that businesses:
We discussed Massachusetts’ reopening safety standards here, highlighting hygiene, cleaning, and social distancing protocols, among other requirements. We will continue to provide updates as Massachusetts moves through its reopening phases and issues additional requirements and best practices for businesses.