As America’s businesses look to reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed, employers are facing countless new questions and unprecedented new challenges.
As part of our Path Forward initiative, this Digital Resources Center provides the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. We will regularly update these tools and resources as new information becomes available.
As the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads, states may update mask, travel, and other guidance. MultiState continues to monitor state and local activity with their COVID-19 resources.
COVID-19 State and Local Policy Dashboard: Provides a quick and easy reference to updates and information issued by state and key local agencies and policymakers (updated daily). (Toggle between the tabs labeled "State" and "Local" in the top right-hand corner of the screen.)
COVID-19 Mask Mandates by State: Which states have imposed mask mandates or rules on face coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Mask mandates in states are now often tied to an individual's vaccination status. While many states have removed mask mandates entirely, this may change in the coming weeks as the Delta variant spreads.
Statewide Emergency Declarations: By declaring a state of emergency, governors gain new powers and flexibility to react to the quickly changing environment as well as tap into federal resources. While these have waned with vaccination efforts, they may pick up again as the Delta variant spreads.
COVID-19 State Travel Restrictions: Travel restrictions typically require anyone who enters the state to self-quarantine for 14-days. Some are limited to those entering from certain locations, while others are broader and require self-quarantine generally.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Guide and FAQs
A primer on vaccine allocation, prioritization, and timelines from the U.S. Chamber.
GIPC's Discover and Deliver map
Right now, our nation’s brightest scientific minds, most innovative companies, and leading universities are moving at unprecedented speed to deliver the COVID-19 treatments, vaccines, diagnostics, and cures we need. Explore the interactive map to see what kind of COVID-19 research is going on in your community.
- NGA – Tracker on Phased Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccines
- Vaccine Finder
- HHS - COVID-19 and Flu Public Education Campaign
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials – Directory
Vaccine Data Sources
The pandemic has affected different industries differently — likewise, the reopening process will vary by sector. Here are sector-specific guidance from some of the leading industry associations and government sources:
For retailers: National Retail Federation’s Operation Open Doors
For home service providers: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for At-Home Service Providers
For construction businesses: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for Construction Environments
For gyms and fitness facilities: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for Gyms and Workout Facilities
For office-based businesses: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for General Office Settings
For hair and nail salons: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for Hair and Nail Salons
For airlines: CDC’s Interim Guidance for Airlines and Airline Crew
For childcare programs: CDC's Reopening Decision Tree for Childcare Programs
For camps and youth programs: CDC's Reopening Decision Tree for Camps and Youth Programs
For schools: CDC's Reopening Decision Tree for Schools
Small Business-Specific Guidance
Download this step-by-step guide to help your company reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed as restrictions lift across the country. The playbook includes safety and sanitation guidance, communications advice, and other best practices information.
Read the latest reopening content from CO—by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
- 5 Experts on How to Manage Employees Through Difficult Times
- 4 Business Owners on How They're Reopening Their Businesses Post-Coronavirus
- Expert Advice on How to Support Your Employees During a Crisis
- 3 Trend Forecasters on the Business World After Coronavirus
Additional Tools and Resources
The report provides insights into various ways middle market organizations have adapted during the pandemic, including: making remote work a permanent option for some employees; implementing technology in new ways; rethinking the role of physical offices and other work spaces; enhancing information technology security; and identifying new ways to retain and attract employees.
Download this questionnaire for sample screening questions to ask employees upon return to work and on a regular basis moving forward. This template is based on questions required or recommended by various states as well as input from U.S. Chamber member companies of all sizes and sectors.
Customize, print, and post this workplace flyer to communicate to your employees and customers the steps your company is taking to keep them safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
CDC and OSHA Guidelines and Resources
- CDC's Reopening Decision Tree Guide for Employers
- CDC Coronavirus Resource Center for Businesses and Workplaces
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (Updated May 2020)
- CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Workplaces and Businesses
- CDC FAQs: Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces
- CDC FAQs: Healthy Business Operations
- OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's weekly virtual event series, Path Forward, explores the complex issues that must be considered as part of a responsible reopening strategy. Each week a panel of experts discusses topics like barriers to reopening, big questions about immunity and liability, and ways employers can use innovative approaches to ensure safety into the workplace.
"How our nation’s public and private sectors manage this transition will determine how quickly we can stage an economic comeback and help families overcome financial hardship."
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT