CDC Resuming Business Tools


The Resuming Business Toolkit is designed to assist employers in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and lowering the impact in their workplace when reintegrating employees into non-healthcare business settings. Not sure whether you’re ready to resume business? Use CDC’s decision tools as a start.

This toolkit includes the following materials:

  • Employer Sheet to introduce employers to the contents of the toolkit and how to use the materials in non-healthcare workplace
  • Restart Readiness Checklist to help make returning to
    work and resuming business operations as safe and healthy as possible for employers, employees, and the public
  • Worker Protection Tool for employers to identify protective measures for workers when interacting with each other
    and the public
  • Returning to Work Infographic to remind employees how to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and address their potential concerns about returning to the workplace
  • Resources to easily access additional information using hyperlinks, URLs, and QR codes

Employer Sheet

Resuming Business Toolkit for Coronavirus Disease

The information in this toolkit is based on CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) [4]. Be sure to thoroughly review this guidance for complete information.

Before resuming your non-healthcare business operations, it is important to consider how much the disease is spreading in your community and the readiness of workplace management to protect the safety and health of employees and the public. CDC’s decision tools [2-3] can help with determine if it is time.

For information about conditions in your community, contact your local health department [5].

This toolkit provides a checklist to prepare the workplace for operations and a tool to navigate protective options for workers. Revisit materials regularly as the COVID-19 situation can change in your community.

  1. Get started with the Restart Readiness Checklist, working with others in management to identify which checklist items apply to your business. Revisit the list as you make progress on items and as conditions in your area change.
  2. Select protective measures in the Worker Protection Tool, based on the nature of your employees’ interactions with other workers and/or the public. Consider whether multiple categories apply to your business, then work through those items.
  3. Share the Returning to Work Infographic with employees.
    Depending on your business, consider the following ways of incorporating the infographic into the workplace:
    • Print and post in common areas such as break rooms, hallways, elevators, or bathrooms.
    • Email to employees, encouraging them to print a copy and place it where they will see it often in their office or workspace.
    • Read content during team meetings, reminding employees to reach out with any questions.

Restart Readiness Checklist

Keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19 when returning to work

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and after using others’ or shared equipment.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Put distance (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other people.
  • Wear cloth face coverings (if appropriate) when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. Clean and disinfect between employees if sharing occurs.
  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.

If you are at increased risk for severe illness…

  • Contact management to request special accommodations that will allow you to perform your job duties safely.