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Employee Return-to-Work Guidance

Proper return-to-work protocols should be followed after an employee’s quarantine or isolation to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

WHEN SHOULD EMPLOYEES QUARANTINE?

If they traveled outside of Massachusetts within the last 10 days or have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive even if they aren’t showing symptoms and haven’t tested positive.

WHEN SHOULD EMPLOYEES ISOLATE?

If they tested positive for COVID-19 OR have any symptoms of COVID-19 (even mild).

WHEN CAN THEY RETURN TO WORK?

All employees in isolation or quarantine should not return to work unless they meet the following criteria:

IF EMPLOYEE WAS IN QUARANTINE IF EMPLOYEE WAS IN ISOLATION

DUE TO KNOW EXPOSURE

• After quarantining for the required time*

For healthcare workers, first responders and critical infrastructure workers:

• Certain sector workers may continue to work during quarantine to preserve critical functions only if they remain asymptomatic.

• Workers must wear at least a face covering and any additional appropriate work PPE and self-monitor for symptoms

DUE TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE MA

• Quarantine for 10 days* OR produce a negative COVID-19 result

Mild – moderate symptoms

• At least 24 hours without fever (without fever-reducing medication); and

• At least 10 days since symptoms began; and• Improvement in symptoms

Severe symptoms (required hospitalization)

• Employee should consult infectious disease expert

• Isolate up to 20 days

Asymptomatic

• At least 10 days since date of first positive COVID-19 test; and

• No subsequent symptoms developed

Employers should not require a COVID-19 test result or a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick to validate their illness, qualify for sick leave, or to return to work.

* For full details on quarantine timing based on testing or symptom development, visit mass.gov/QuarantineTime

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