Remind Employees: Social, Physical Distancing Helps Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Social distancing, also known as physical distancing, is key to deterring the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace. It means staying at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from other people outside of your home. As more workplaces reopen, employers will need to train their employees on how to prevent the spread of virus in their workplace, and while social distancing is easy and effective, it also may be difficult for people to make it a habit.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 mainly spreads when people are in close contact (within six feet) of each other for a prolonged period. An infected person, who may not have any symptoms, projects droplets from their nose and mouth into the air, which lands on people nearby and infects them. Even normal talking causes droplets to spread. Physically distancing yourself from other people limits opportunities for you to encounter infected droplets.

Social distancing is only one of many preventative steps that employees should be taking within the workplace; it’s also one of the least complicated and effective (stay at least six feet away from everyone — no exceptions!). But as employees start resuming their normal workplace routines, they may forget to physically distance themselves from their coworkers. It’s all too easy to slip back into old routines.   

Posters can remind employees that COVID-19 is still a very real threat. CalChamber now sells three different social distancing reminder posters that employers can display to prompt everyone to keep a safe distance from each other and reinforce both the CDC’s guidelines and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA)’s Interim General Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19.

Our posters have easily understood visual references, and our three eye-catching designs can be mixed and matched. They come in two sizes — 15.5” x 24” or 24” x 15.5” — for easy posting on almost any wall.

CalChamber Preferred and Executive Members receive their 20 percent member discount.

Coming soon! Now that Californians must use cloth face coverings when outside the home, with limited exceptions, CalChamber will soon start selling “Face Masks Required” posters. Stay tuned!

Katie Culliton, Editor, CalChamber

For more COVID-19-related federal, state and local resources, visit the CalChamber Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage and access additional COVID-19-related HRWatchdog blogs.

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