Coronavirus Legal News

CDC’s New Guidance Recommends Postponing Travel; Avoiding Nonessential Indoor Spaces; Mask Use

December 7, 2020

By Michael S. Moore and Katherine C. Campbell

On Friday, December 4, the CDC issued new guidance for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. That guidance recognizes the high levels of community transmission in recent weeks and the need to adopt more stringent measures to slow the spread of the disease.

The guidance provides many suggestions, but the following are some highlights:

  • Consistent use of face masks in all indoor spaces away from home and in any outdoor settings where proper physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Avoidance of all nonessential indoor spaces and crowded outdoor settings
  • Postponing travel
  • Minimizing nonessential activities before and after travel
  • Testing before and after travel

The CDC will likely issue regular updates to this guidance to reflect the changing progression of the disease. Businesses should always remind their employees of current guidance and actively promote and reinforce safe practices in and out of the workplace.

As stated last week, the CDC guidelines also reduced required time for quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 from 14 days to 7 or 10 days.

Read the news alert issued on Dec. 3, 2020 here.

Michael S. Moore is a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group with an emphasis on wage-and-hour collective action employment discrimination defense. He specializes in litigation of discrimination cases, wage-hour collective actions, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, FMLA and employee and supervisor training. He is also a frequent speaker on a variety of employment law topics. Mike has extensive experience before the EEOC and the Wage-Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor, as well as litigation experience in both federal and state courts. He is a member of the Pulaski County, Arkansas and American Bar Associations.

Katherine C. Campbell is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group at Friday, Eldredge & Clark. She serves as litigation counsel for individuals and businesses in complex business and commercial disputes including employment claims, collective action wage and hour claims, and breach of contract matters. 

Disclaimer: The information included here is provided for general informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for legal advice nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel. For more information or if you have further questions, please contact one of our Attorneys.