Health & safety New Normal

CDC releases guidance on how to reopen safely

After several days of delay, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control has issued a set of recommendations and guidelines for reopening large swaths of the nation. The 60-page report, titled CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again,” is here.

CDC guidance

From the report:

As businesses and other organizations gradually open after the COVID-19-related slowdown, they will need to consider a variety of measures for keeping people safe. These considerations include practices for scaling up operations, safety actions (e.g., cleaning and disinfection, social distancing), monitoring possible reemergence of illness, and maintaining health operations. …

Widespread community mitigation combined with ongoing containment activities represents both an effective
intervention for limiting the spread of COVID-19 and a serious threat to the economic well-being of the country
and the world.

See pages 45 to 48 for guidance for schools, pages 53 to 56 for guidances for restaurants and bars, and pages 49 to 52 for guidance for employers with high-risk workers.

The report appears to be fairly well crafted if somewhat thin on specifics and passive on enforcement. It seems divorced, however, from the actions being taken at the federal level. Calling for continued community mitigation and containment strategies is all well and good, but if those calls are divorced from supportive measures to implement them, then they’re just words on a page.