Every business needs to support a safe, clean, and low-risk environment. If you own or manage a business, find the guidance for your industry and follow it to protect your workers and customers.
On this page:
- Find out if your business can open
- Protect your workers
- Ventilation for indoor operations
- Temporary structures for outdoor operations
- Industry guidance for specific industries
Find out if your business can open
California has a Blueprint for a Safer Economy with revised criteria for tightening and loosening restrictions for businesses and activities. Check your county’s status in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to see whether your business can open, and if there are restrictions and safety modifications that your business must follow.
Protect your workers
Prevent worker exposure to COVID-19
Employers are required to follow CalOSHA’s emergency temporary standards to prevent exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.
Visit the Employers page of saferatwork.covid19.ca.gov to learn more about workplace requirements like:
- Safety procedures
- Training for workers on infection prevention
- What to do in case of an infection or outbreak
Review how to respond to COVID-19 cases in your workplace and prevent further spread.
Wearing a mask or face covering is required statewide in public or common spaces. Employers must provide face coverings to workers or reimburse workers for the reasonable cost of obtaining them. Find all requirements and exceptions to these rules in the industry guidance for your business. For more about masks, check CDPH’s guidance for the use of face coverings.
Paid leave and other benefits
It’s important that employees with COVID-19 know to stay home. Your sick leave policies need to support that. Make sure your workers know about paid leave and other options available to them.
- See a comparison of COVID-19 paid leave available for workers affected by COVID-19.
- Check the chart of benefits available to workers impacted by COVID-19.
Childcare and family-friendly practices
Workers need safe, reliable, and affordable childcare options during the COVID-19 response.
- Use the family-friendly practices for employers to develop work-life balance policies that include childcare supports and workplace flexibility.
- Make sure your workers know about support for working families.
Ventilation for indoor operations
All businesses permitted to operate indoors must follow the CDPH interim guidance for ventilation, filtration, and air quality. This guidance includes practical steps your business can take to promote better ventilation, filtration, and air quality indoors to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Temporary structures for outdoor operations
Restaurants and other businesses operating outdoors may wish to enclose outdoor temporary structures like tents and canopies to contain heat, avoid rain, or provide shade. Follow the CDPH guidance for temporary structures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.