HOW DO I?
Published on January 27, 2020. Last modified on July 06, 2020
Community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring in California. Health Officials urge businesses and schools to take steps to consider how best to decrease the spread of acute respiratory illness and lower the impact of COVID-19 in their workplace in the event of an outbreak in the US. They should identify and communicate their objectives, which may include one or more of the following: (a) reducing transmission among staff, (b) protecting people who are at higher risk for adverse health complications, (c) maintaining business operations, and (d) minimizing adverse effects on other entities in their supply chains.
This page provides links to guidance documents, educational handouts, and posters for a variety of settings.
Guidance for Reopening
- All businesses allowed to open under Stage 2 and 3 must post a completed Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocols document on their storefront. The Social Distancing Protocol to be posted at businesses is available here
- Social Distancing Protocol - (Español)
- State of California Industry Guidance
- As California moves into stage 2 of the Resilience Roadmap, every business should take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers.
- Visit the Industry Guidance Page for more information
- Resuming Business Toolkit from the CDC
- Food Facility Guidance and Resources developed by Monterey County Health Department Environmental Health Bureau
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Guidance for Workplace Exposures or Cases
- Monterey County Health Department COVID-19 Workplace Exposure Guidance - Updated June 5, 2020
- Monterey County Health Department COVID-19 Exposures: What to Do Flowchart (coming soon)
- COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Employers that Offer Employee Housing 17april20
- Side by Side Comparison of COVID-19 Paid Leave - California Department of Industrial Relations
- A Guide to COVID-19 Replacement Income and Job-Protected Leave Programs for California Workers - CRLA
- COVID-19: Guía para la sustitución de ingresos y programas de licencia con protección de trabajo para los trabajadores de California
Other Business Resources
- Generating PPE Waste
- Small Business Loan Guidance
- Disaster Assistance for Small Businesses
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- California Labor & Workforce Development Agency Resources for Employers and Workers
- State of CA – FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor
- Recommendations for Messaging and Media Inquiries
- Planning for a Coronavirus Pandemic - A guide for businesses and organizations
- Connect your business with those in need: The Beneficial Business Exchange
General Community Settings
A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time in your community. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions designed to help keep people healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. Local public health officials may make recommendations appropriate to your local situation. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members.
Mass Gatherings and Large Events
Local transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in California. A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time. Mass gatherings and large community events bring people from multiple communities into close contact with each other and have the potential to increase COVID-19 transmission. The California Department of Public Health outlines two scenarios that should be considered in their guidance document Mass Gatherings Guidance on Novel Coronavirus. It is also recommended that event planners review emergency operations plan.
- CDPH Mass Gatherings Guidance on Novel Coronavirus
- CDC Interim Guidance for Mass Gatherings and Large Events
Schools should collaborate, share information, and review local epidemiology to help protect the whole school community, including those with special health needs. School plans should be designed to minimize disruption to teaching and learning and protect students and staff from social stigma and discrimination. Plans can build on everyday practices (e.g., encouraging hand hygiene, monitoring absenteeism, communicating routinely) that include strategies for before, during, and after a possible outbreak.
For Educational Settings with International Students
For All Other Educational Settings
Other School Resources
COVID-19 Workplace/Business Educational Materials and Posters
We have a variety of infographic materials that can be used with your staff or in your business to improve social distancing and face covering compliance by customers.
The below documents and posters can be download, printed, and used to inform individuals about COVID-19.
- Face Coverings Poster (Spanish)
- Cover Your Face Poster
- Social Distancing “6 ft Apart” Graphic
- CDC - Stop the Spread of Germs Poster
- COVID-19 Advisory: Social Distancing and Hygiene Sign (Spanish)
Monterey County Health Department Frequently Asked Questions about 2019 Novel Coronavirus