Public Guidance

Federal, state, and local government will develop framework determining how and when your business can safely operate based on various health metrics.  As certain indicators are met, it is likely that certain counties or regions within a state will fall under different governmental orders.  It will be critical to stay well-informed at all levels. 

California's COVID-19 Response

Each business should review the guidance, developed by the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA, that is relevant to their workplace, prepare a plan based on the guidance for their industry, and put it into action. When complete, businesses can post the industry-specific checklist in their workplace to show customers and employees they have reduced the risk and are open for business.

California has a Blueprint for a Safer Economy in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. Check your county's tier status to see how businesses and activites can open.

  • Blueprint for a Safer Economy
    Find the status of activities in your county, effective Aug. 31. Please be sure to check your local requirements as those may be more strict than the statewide criteria. 
  • Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk
    Includes county-specific guidance for businesses statewide, counties with attestations, and counties on the Monitoring List.
  • Employer Playbook
    Provides guidance for employers to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.

Cal OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (Effective 11/30/2020)

Additional Return to Work Guides

These documents may be utilized as an additional reference for planning purposes. Please be sure to integrate any specific state and local guidelines that may apply.

Federal OSHA:


Center for Disease Control and Prevention

US Chamber of Commerce Resources

Safety Training Materials 

HR Resources



  • COVID-19 Crisis Response Center
    Contains a full resource library including FAQ’s, templates, checklists, videos, and state and federal information. Check back frequently for updates.

Continuity Planning

As businesses reopen during COVID-19 it will be prudent to consider contingency plans for possible resurgence of disease in the workplace and community at large. Other interruptions such as natural disasters, health hazards, human caused hazards, and technology related hazards should be contemplated.