No Mask, No Travel: Federal Penalties in Place for Failure to Wear Masks on Planes, Public Transportation and Ride-Hailing Vehicles

On January 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a federal public health emergency order requiring all persons to wear a mask over their mouth and nose when traveling into and within the United States. Persons who fail to comply with this order, which took effect February 1, 2021, will be in violation of federal law and could face criminal or civil penalties.

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“Close Contact” Redefined by CDC and Implications for Employers

There are many circumstances where an individual may have a greater risk of exposure to COVID-19. One of them is “close contact,” as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with a person who has COVID-19. Historically, for purposes of COVID-19, close contact has been defined being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 consecutive minutes. That standard was changed last week by the CDC. The change has important implications for employers.

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CDC Provides Guidance on COVID-19 Antibody Testing

On May 26, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued interim guidelines for COVID-19 antibody testing in clinical and public health laboratories. The guidelines contain recommendations for clinical and public health laboratories regarding: choice of test and testing strategy; individuals who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies; and additional considerations on the use of antibody tests.

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CDC Issues ‘Decision Tree’ to Assist Employers with Reopening Decisions

On May 14, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finally published guidance in the form of a one-page workplace decision tree. Although the document―entitled “Workplaces During the COVID-19 Pandemic”―provides high-level recommendations for employers to consider when reopening, it largely defers to state and local guidance and is a far cry from the substantially more detailed guidance documents that the CDC reportedly had been considering in recent weeks.

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