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DeSantis Signs Executive Order Relaxing COVID Test Requirements for Restaurant Workers

10 Aug 2020 5:58 PM | Administrator (Administrator)


On August 6th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-192 which rescinds the previous employee screening requirements for restaurant employees. 

Under this order, employees who have previously tested positive no longer need to receive two negative tests before going back to work. Employers are required only to implement screening protocols pursuant to CDC guidance.

CDC FAQ for businesses can be found here.

The order follows a July update to the CDC's guidelines. Under the new guidelines, patients recovering from COVID-19 can stop self-isolating 10 days after the first appearance of symptoms, down from the previous recommendation of 14 days, providing that patients don't have a fever or show any new symptoms.

The guidelines do say that business owners and managers should, however, "actively encourage employees who are sick or have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home."

Read the full executive order here.


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