CDC COVID-19 Updated Guidance January 5, 2022

COVID-19, Human Resources, Public Health,

The CDC’s new guidance on isolation and quarantine impacts restaurant operations. Please find below a guide to help you update existing COVID-19 policies.

ISOLATION – If you have the virus

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 you should ISOLATE for 5 days. If at that time, or when you reach the following—you are either asymptomatic or the symptoms are resolving—you should consider a COVID-19 Rapid Test.

Test is Positive: continue isolation for 10 days from the day your symptoms started.

Test is Negative: you may end your isolation but are advised to wear a properly-fitted maskaround other people until day 10 and then continue to wear it for 5 additional days.

QUARANTINE – If you have been exposed to the virus
  1. Defined as in close contact (within 6-ft.) for a cumulative total of 15 min. or more over a 24-hr. period with someone who has COVID-19 and
  2. Are either unvaccinated or more than 6 months out from either the second Pfizer or Moderna dose or more than 2 months past the J&J dose, and
  3. Not yet boosted

You should QUARANTINE for 5 days and wear a properly fitted mask for an additional 5 days in any location.

If you have been fully vaccinated and boosted, you do not need to quarantine but should wear a properly fitted mask for 10 days after exposure. Read the full article.