Changes to business-related quarantine requirements

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employees may have more than one exposure to COVID-19. Being asked to quarantine multiple times can place a tremendous financial burden on both employers and employees. Individuals may be reluctant to quarantine if they fear losing their job or not having enough money to pay for their living expenses.

The Utah Department of Health now recommends a shortened quarantine based on data and new science and the need to balance compliance and economic impact of quarantine guidelines in the workplace. The guidance assumes all employers and employees are complying with the statewide mask mandate, which requires all employees and contractors to wear a face mask while at work. This guidance is similar to the “low risk test and return” quarantine guidelines K-12 schools are now following in Utah.

This quarantine guidance only applies to workplace worksite exposures. It does not apply to household contacts or exposures in an employee’s personal life.


Original Guideline

*    Return to work after 14-day quarantine for anyone who was exposed to someone who tested positive to COVID-19.

New Guideline

*    Return to work before 14 days if all criteria are met:
*    The person who was exposed tests negative for COVID-19 at least 7 days after the last day of exposure.
*    The person who was exposed does not have symptoms of COVID-19.

Please see below for informational links:
*    Transmission Index FAQ
*    Utah State Public Health Order 2020-25
*    Transmission Index Health Guidance (All Levels)