Businesses

  • Gov. Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-43, to prohibit large gatherings, cease the issuance of new special event licenses and pause the operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and tubing rentals.
  • We have updated our Business Guidance document to reflect recent recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Public Health is contacting all lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and asking for them to notify their employers. When a person tests positive for COVID-19, they will be asked to follow Public Health Guidance for Home Isolation. Employees should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation See Section 5 of the Business Guidance for more detailed information.

Employers should confidentially inform any other employees of their exposure to the sick person, if they meet the criteria for being a close contact. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of the sick person for more than 10 minutes, including 48 hours prior to symptom onset. The identity of the sick employee should remain confidential to protect their privacy as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees who were in close contact of the sick individual should be provided this guidance. A letter template for employers has been created by Public Health to help with exposure notifications.



Public Health does not recommend businesses close down if an employee tests positive. If someone gets sick at work, the business should follow guidelines for helping to safely separate that sick employee from others and implement cleaning procedures. See Section 5 of the Business Guidance for more information.



If an employee reports an exposure to someone who is sick with COVID-19 or who is being tested for it, the employee should follow the MCDPH Quarantine Guidance for Household and Close Contacts. The employee should consult with their healthcare provider to determine if they should be tested for COVID-19.

See Section 5 of the Business Guidance for more detailed information.



If a staff member is sick with new respiratory symptoms that are not related to allergies or a chronic disease such as asthma, they should stay at home until 72 hours after their symptoms have resolved.



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. If the employee tests positive for COVID-19, they will be asked to follow Public Health Guidance for Home Isolation. Employees should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation.

If the employee has symptoms and tests negative for COVID-19, they should stay home until 72 hours after fever (>100.4°F) has gone away without use of fever-reducing medications AND AND respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and loss of taste/smell) have improved.



Yes. Public Health advises those who test positive for COVID-19 to inform their employer.

Employers should confidentially inform any other employees of their exposure to the sick person, if they meet the criteria for being a close contact. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of the sick person for more than 10 minutes, including 48 hours prior to symptom onset. The identify of the sick employee should remain confidential to protect their privacy as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees who were in close contact of the sick individual should be provided this guidance. A letter template for employers has been created by Public Health to help with exposure notifications.



If an employee becomes ill at work, they should report to their supervisor and go home. If they are unable to go home immediately, place them in a private room away from others until they are able to return home. Ask them to wear a face mask, if available. The employer should follow CDC cleaning and disinfection procedures. If the employee seeks testing for COVID-19 and suspects they may have it, the employer should inform employees identified as close contacts of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality of the infected employee as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employers can share this information with exposed employees on how to watch for signs of illness. A close contact exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of the sick person for more than 10 minutes, including 48 hours prior to symptom onset.



If an employee reports an exposure to someone who is sick with COVID-19 or who is being tested for it, the employee should follow the MCDPH Quarantine Guidance for Household and Close Contacts. The employee should consult with their healthcare provider to determine if they should be tested for COVID-19.

See Section 5 of the Business Guidance for more detailed information.



Public Health has created a comprehensive Guidance for Businesses to help them Plan, Prepare and Respond to COVID-19. 

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Prepare and Respond to COVID-19 as an Employer

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Federal Resources:

Public Health has partnered with 2-1-1 so employers and business owners can get answers about their role in preventing and slowing the spread of COVID-19. If you’re an employer or business owner, you can call 2-1-1 and follow the prompts to get to the business line and speak to a representative. It’s open 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday.

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Re-opening Guidance & Resources

Federal Guidance Documents

CDC Guidance and Resources

Arizona Executive Orders Pertaining to Re-opening

Retail Establishments and Theaters

Food Establishments

Personal Services, Spas and Salons

Recreational Facilities, Gyms and Pools

Casinos & Gaming

Places of Worship

Industry-specific Guidance Documents

Additional Resources

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Financial Help for Employers

Resources for Small Businesses


Government Directives Impacting Employers

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Employee Assistance

Information Hotlines

Unemployment

Health insurance

Mental Health

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