Office-based businesses

Last updated May 2, 2021.

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IF THERE IS A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 AMONG CUSTOMERS OR EMPLOYEES

  • The office must notify and cooperate with their local public health agency on next steps.

  • Local public health agency contacts can be found here.

  • Outbreak guidance for non-healthcare facilities can be found here.

Best practices for workplaces

  • Consider taking the Power the Comeback Business pledge to support employees who want to be vaccinated and promote policies for COVID-safe workplaces.

  • Encourage employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Consider hosting an employee vaccination event through CDPHE’s workplace vaccination program.

  • Modify flow of people traffic to minimize contacts (e.g. doors for entry or exit only)

  • Clean offices frequently and supplement with high-frequency sanitization of high-touch areas (e.g. doors, stairwell handles, books, light switches, elevator switches and buttons, etc.)  (Additional Guidance)

  • Ensure proper ventilation

  • Provide employees with sanitization products and guidance on daily workspace cleaning routines

  • Post signage for employees and customers on good hygiene and office practices

  • Keep a record of employees, customers, and visitors (i.e. sign in/out) to enable contact tracing

  • Consider limiting in-office occupancy by maximizing use of telecommuting and developing in-office rotation. Office-based businesses in counties at Level Purple: Extreme Risk on the dial must close to in-person work.

  • Some counties may have capacity limits or other requirements at the local level. Consult your local public health agency for more information about local regulations.

  • Allow for flexible work schedules, where possible, to lessen the need to be in the office during normal business hours. This could include allowing employees to work evenings or weekends when the office is traditionally less crowded or closed schedules.

  • Implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions) where possible (Additional Guidance).

    • Best practice is to implement a temperature check station at the entrance to the business. If this is not feasible, employee will check for symptoms at home and report symptoms either electronically or on paper per the system created by the business.

  • Consider minimizing the number of in-person meetings and maintaining adequate 6-foot distancing in those meetings. Use online conferencing, email, or the phone instead of in-person meetings, even when people are in the same building, whenever possible.

  • Provide flexible or remote scheduling for employees who need to continue to stay at home, who may have child or elder care obligations, or who live with a person who still needs to stay home due to being at high risk for severe COVID-19.

  • Provide guidance and encouragement on maintaining 6 foot distancing and taking breaks to wash hands.

  • Vaccinated people do not need to wear masks unless the setting requires it. Unvaccinated people are still recommended to wear masks indoors, and masks are required for unvaccinated people in certain situations. For more information, visit CDPHE’s mask guidance webpage.

  • Encourage the use of digital files rather than paper formats (e.g., documentation, invoices, inspections, forms, agendas)

  • Ensure clear planning, preparedness and organization in the workplace. This includes assigning a COVID coordinator to facilitate planning and communication, developing a plan for resources like cleaning supplies and internal regular (daily or weekly) communication, planning for employees to be out of the office for quarantine or caring for others, and considering how new precautions will impact workflow, etc.

  • Consider limiting in-office occupancy by maximizing use of telecommuting and developing in-office rotation. Office-based businesses in counties at Level Purple: Extreme Risk on the dial must close to in-person work.

  • Some counties may have capacity limits or other requirements at the local level. Consult your local public health agency for more information about local regulations.

  • Allow for flexible work schedules, where possible, to lessen the need to be in the office during normal business hours. This could include allowing employees to work evenings or weekends when the office is traditionally less crowded or closed schedules.

  • Implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions) where possible (Additional Guidance).

    • Best practice is to implement a temperature check station at the entrance to the business. If this is not feasible, employee will check for symptoms at home and report symptoms either electronically or on paper per the system created by the business.

  • Consider minimizing the number of in-person meetings and maintaining adequate 6-foot distancing in those meetings. Use online conferencing, email, or the phone instead of in-person meetings, even when people are in the same building, whenever possible.

  • Provide flexible or remote scheduling for employees who need to continue to stay at home, who may have child or elder care obligations, or who live with a person who still needs to stay home due to being at high risk for severe COVID-19.

  • Provide guidance and encouragement on maintaining 6 foot distancing and taking breaks to wash hands.

  • Vaccinated people do not need to wear masks unless the setting requires it. Unvaccinated people are still recommended to wear masks indoors, and masks are required for unvaccinated people in certain situations. For more information, visit CDPHE’s mask guidance webpage.

To protect customers (if applicable)
  • Implement 6-foot distancing measures (e.g., marked space in checkout lines).

  • Consider requiring masks for customers.

  • Provide hand sanitizer at entrances and other high-traffic locations.

  • Implement hours where service is only provided to people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, if possible. Enhance precautions during these hours.

This guidance is for, but is not limited to:
  • Accountants and accounting firms 

  • Architecture, engineering and land surveying businesses/firms

  • Landscape architect businesses/firms

  • Land surveyor businesses/firms

  • Private investigator businesses

  • Fantasy contest operator businesses

  • Non-transplant tissue banks

  • Appraisal management companies

  • Real estate offices

  • Other corporate offices and private firms