The Office of Personnel Management has released reopening guidelines for returning its employees to work in their offices after the COVID-19 coronavirus.
OPM’s memo follows a three-phased approach just like the aforementioned guidelines suggest. Phases 1 and 2 look largely the same in terms of processes and procedures suggested, but in phase 3 the guidelines note that unrestricted staffing of worksites can resume.
This is a summary of some of the processes and procedures OPM is outlining for its employees to return to work in their offices:
- Telework is encouraged, particularly for employees with dependent care concerns or whose parking options are still disrupted by the coronavirus situation
- Strongly consider special accommodations for personnel who are members of a vulnerable population, who are caring for dependents who are members of a vulnerable population, and/or have childcare or transportation needs
- Common areas will be closed to prevent employees from socializing; otherwise strict social distance guidelines would be enforced on employees
- Food services can resume but with to-go options only
- Personal protective equipment will be provided for security staff, people who interface with the public, and staff who provide service to building occupants
- Open work spaces that do not allow at least six feet between employees may require that employees work onsite in shifts if possible or may require other mitigation strategies
- Signs will be put up telling people to stay apart and wash their hands as well as report symptoms
A copy of OPM’s reopening guidelines is included below.