Businesses and Employers
Last updated on 8/31/23.
The information on this page is intended for business, employers, and employees.
See below, or click the following links, to learn more about sector:
COVID-19 Guidance for Business and Employers
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Employees and Workplaces—As most businesses have gone back to operating as usual, the CDPH has recommendations to help keep staff and employees safe and healthy. Learn more about how to handle COVID-19 cases and outbreaks in the workplace.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Upper-Room Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI)—Ventilation interventions, like upper-room ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) can help reduce the number of infectious viral particles (e.g., SARS-CoV-2) in the air. The CDC provides recommendations that can help business and employers stay protected to exposures to SARS-CoV-2 through multiple layers.
- California Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations—On December 15, 2022, Cal/OSHA adopted non-emergency COVID-19 prevention regulations. These regulations apply to most workers in California who are not covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Disease Standard.
- Face Covering Guidance—Recommendations for masks and face coverings to help Business and Employers protect those who are at risk for getting very sick with COVID-19.
- Join us for Telebriefings every 2nd Wednesdday of every other month at 9:30 am.
- Submit questions before each telebriefing.
- For COVID-19 questions, email COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov.
- Request to host a vaccination event.
- If you have comments, or other questions for the Business Sector, please email LiveWellBusiness@sdcounty.ca.gov.
- Live Well San Diego Business Sector—The business sector opportunities for business such as employer and employee resources, funding opportunities, telebriefings, and collaborative opportunities.
- Sign-up to receive e-mail updates from the Business Sector.
- View our Support for Businesses and Employers flyer for ways to stay connected.
- Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
- Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce
- Coronado Chamber of Commerce
- Del Mar—San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce
- El Cajon—San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
- Encinitas Chamber of Commerce
- Escondido Chamber of Commerce
- Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce
- La Mesa Chamber of Commerce
- Lemon Grove—San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
- National City Chamber of Commerce
- Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
- Poway Chamber of Commerce
- San Diego—Business Associations and Chambers of Commerce
- San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
- Santee Chamber of Commerce
- Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Vista Chamber of Commerce
- Alpine Chamber of Commerce
- Bonsall Chamber of Commerce
- Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce
- Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce
- Jamul—San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
- Julian Chamber of Commerce
- Lakeside Chamber of Commerce
- Ramona Chamber of Commerce
- Rancho San Diego—San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
- Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Valley Center Chamber of Commerce
Effective June 15, 2021, California fully reopened the economy. Businesses and activities can return to normal. Effective March 13, 2023, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) removed requirements in Mega Events.
Are businesses required to post COVID-19 signage?
While there is no requirement, posting information/signage is an excellent reminder for employees and patrons on masking and sanitation guidelines to help keep employees and patrons protected from COVID-19. View our COVID-19 Educational Materials webpage for our print materials on COVID-19.
What are the current COVID-19 guidelines for employers?
On December 15, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted to adopt non-emergency COVID-19 prevention regulations. These regulations took effect on February 3, 2023, and will remain in effect for two (2) years after the effective date, except for the recordkeeping subsections that will remain in effective three (3) years.
These regulations aim to make it easier for employers to provide consistent protections to workers and allow for flexibility if changes are made to guidance in the future from the CDPH. These regulations apply to most workers in California who are not covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard.
COVID-19 Outbreak (AB 685)
The COVID-19 Prevention non-emergency regulations require all employers to report major COVID-19 outbreaks (20+ COVID-19 cases) to their nearest Cal/OSHA office. Visit COVID-19 Outbreak Reporting for more information on reporting a COVID-19 outbreak.
What are the testing requirements in the COVID-19 Prevention Regulations?
With respect to testing, the COVID-19 Prevention regulations requires an employer to:
- Offer testing at no-cost and during time, and
- Provide testing in a manner that ensures employee confidentiality.
May an employer require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
Per the State of California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), yes. As explained by the California Civil Rights Department, an employer may require employees to receive a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccination against COVID-19 infection so long as the employer:
- Does not discriminate against or harass employees or job applicants on the basis of a protected characteristic.
- Provides reasonable accommodations related to disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices.
- Does not retaliate against anyone for engaging in protected activity, such as requesting a reasonable accommodation.
For guidance on this topic, employers may wish to refer to information provided in the following FAQ resources provided by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Civil Rights Department at the following webpages:
What personal protective equipment (PPE) must an employer implement?
Per the State of California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), an employer must:
- Evaluate the need for PPE, including but not limited to gloves, eye protection, and respiratory protection, as required by Cal/OSHA standards.
- Upon request, provide respirators for voluntary use to all employees who are working indoors or in vehicles with more than one person ("respirator" means a respiratory protection device approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to protect the wearer from particulate matter, such as an N95 mask).
- When respirators are provided for voluntary use, provide instructions, encourage their use, and ensure the respirator is the correct size for the employee.
- Provide and ensure use of respiratory protection for employees exposed to procedures that aerosolize saliva or other potentially infectious materials, such as some dental procedures.
What are the indoor ventilation requirements?
- Review CDPH and Cal/OSHA guidance regarding ventilation, including “Interim Guidance for Ventilation, Filtration, and Air Quality in Indoor Environments.”
- Develop, implement, and maintain effective methods to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Prevention Program
Support for Businesses
Where can Employers and Employees find support and resources?
Visit the Live Well San Diego Business Sector for opportunities and information for business chambers, businesses, and other organizations.
Business Guidance and Policy in Different Languages
New Guidance and Policy Now Available in 14 Languages
NEW as of July 12, 2023:
- Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for Employers is now available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese.
- Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks in the Workplace for Local Health Departments is now available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese.
View all translated guidance and policy here: COVID-19 Guidance in More Languages