Holt is committed to abiding by COVID-19 directives for Businesses and Employers
NCDHHS recommends that employers and employees:
- Use teleworking technologies to the greatest extent possible.
- Stagger work schedules.
- Consider canceling non-essential travel.
Businesses should also:
- Hold larger meetings virtually, to the extent possible. Any gathering of more than 50 people is prohibited in North Carolina, per an executive order issued March 23, 2020. NCDHHS has Guidance for Organizations that Gather Less Than 50 People Together. The ban on gatherings does not include airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and spaces where people may be in transit. Office environments, restaurants, factories, or retail or grocery stores are also excluded.
- Beginning 5 p.m., Wed., March 25, the following businesses are closed: gyms, movie theaters, sweepstakes parlors, health clubs, hair and nail salons, barber shops, massage therapists, and other similar facilities.
- Arrange the workspace to optimize distance between employees, ideally at least six feet apart.
- Urge high risk employees to stay home.
- Urge employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.
Other tips for businesses:
- Reinforce good hand hygiene tips and other common-sense precautions with employees and patrons.
- Review policies and procedures for remote or teleworking where possible.
- Cross-train employees for key functions so that daily schedules can continue relatively uninterrupted by potential employee absences.
- Review absenteeism policies to make sure employees are not being encouraged to come to work if they are sick.
- Employees may discontinue isolation and return to normal activities when it has been at least 7 days since their first day of illness AND they have been without fever for three days (72 hours) and their other symptoms are improving, in consultation with their healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
- Employers should not ask for a negative COVID-19 test or a note from a medical provider for employees to return to work.
- Establish a relationship with your local health department and communicate with them if you have any questions or concerns about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- Review recommendations for cleaning practices.
- Work to make sure fear and anxiety don’t lead to social stigma toward any employees.
- Make sure you are getting reliable information from sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NCDHHS.