BREAKING: What Employers Need to Know about CDC's Updated Mask Guidance

Businesses operating in areas with high COVID-19 transmission should consider requiring everyone to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
7.27.21 Digest
July 27, 2021

This afternoon, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for mask-wearing in response to the rapid surge in new COVID-19 cases. CDC reports that daily COVID-19 cases increased over 300% nationally between June 19 - July 23, driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Here’s what you need to know:

CDC recommends the following actions be taken in areas with substantial or high COVID-19 transmission:

CDC recommends the following actions be taken across all areas of the United States, regardless of local transmission:

CDC continues to emphasize that widespread vaccination is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Vaccination coverage by county ranges from 9% to 89% and remains below 40% in over half of all counties in the United States. Areas of low vaccination coverage have rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases. Deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are almost exclusively among the unvaccinated.

What This Means for Employers

Health Action Alliance recommends all businesses take a risk-based approach that prioritizes the health and safety of employees and customers and considers local community vaccination rates and guidance from public health officials.


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