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COVID 19 Screening App by MyLobby Ensures Compliance; Guidance for Employers Across All States, Including Employee Temperature/Health Screenings and Mask Mandates

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The below information is based on present-day guidance regarding COVID-19. For this reason, regulations may become outdated, so please ensure to revisit this link continuously. Learn how MyLobby’s COVID 19 screening app can help with employee screening and mask mandates.

These instructions are based on the statewide direction to prevent workplace transmission to COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings. Municipal rules and restrictions may differ. Please ensure to reach out to MyLobby directly to confirm that your company is being compliant related to screening. MyLobby’s COVID 19 health screening app can help to automate this to keep up with changing guidelines.

If employee health screening is not implemented it could result in significant fines for employers

Based on current laws and orders, employee temperature and health screening may be required. Furthermore, reinstating mask mandates is more common now due to the delta variant. A COVID 19 screening app can help to track compliance among employees. One of the largest problems employers face with manual health screening is productivity. Employees would resort to using paper-and-pen checklists for screening. Also, business establishments may not have an organized system to present data for audits and contact tracing. Inadequate data can lead to outbreaks, fines, or even temporary closures.

Last month, OSHA fined Avantor Fluid Handling slightly over $13,000, a pharmaceutical company in Monmouth County, New Jersey. There was allegedly a lack of safety protocols related to mask-wearing and social distancing among employees. 30 out of 50 employees tested positive for COVID-19. This is very concerning; two workers died while others were sick due to insufficient care. Furthermore, 24 Texas businesses faced over $200,000 in initial fines due to violation of COVID-19 OSHA guidelines. Workplaces must protect employees’ health. Companies have a responsibility to ensure a safe environment to work in.

With public health guidelines constantly changing, the safety of employees while adhering to screening regulations is essential. This is possible via a COVID-19 health screening apps with customization available in real-time. As business establishments reopen, an app can heighten the confidence of employees and visitors about new processes. A sign-off that guarantees employees’ results are accurate will encourage them to answer questions with integrity.

COVID Screening App
COVID Screening App

Stay Compliant Using a COVID 19 health Screening App

MyLobby’s daily employee and visitor COVID 19 health screening app ensures compliance with the CDC and OSHA. Individuals can fill out the questionnaire from their mobile device or directly on a tablet in the lobby within seconds. This prevents long lines observed with manual screening. Integration with a temperature scanner is possible, as well.

Please review the rest of our blog articles to understand important aspects related to COVID 19 screening questions and employee health screening. Get in touch with MyLobby now for a free demo of our Screening Solution and COVID 19 screening app! 

Note: Regardless of if your state requires temperature and health screening, it is crucial to conduct active screening to determine if an individual should enter a facility. Employees’ health should be at the top of priorities for any size employer, and a COVID 19 screening app can provide this seamlessly! 

Reference Guide for Employee Temperature and Health Screening, As Well As Mask Mandates

FIND YOUR STATE BELOW:

ALABAMA

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced.

The state mask mandate expired on April 9th, 2021; however, public health recommends wearing masks when social distancing cannot be maintained (6 feet). 

FYI: MyLobby’s COVID 19 screening app includes mask detection with door access control. 

ALASKA

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced.

The Department of Health Social Services heavily recommends wearing masks in public settings. At a local level, the capital of Juneau has continued to mandate masks for unvaccinated people indoors and at large crowded events outdoors.

ARIZONA

Employee temperature and health screening, face coverings; not enforced.

As of March 25th, cities and counties can no longer enforce mask mandates (except in government buildings and public transit). 

ARKANSAS

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced.

As of March 31st, there was a lifting of the state mask mandate. This was based on declining COVID-19 case numbers. Public health still encourages wearing masks in public settings when a person cannot maintain social distancing from external individuals from a household.  

CALIFORNIA

Employee temperature screening; not enforced. Health screening; enforced. Employers must comply with the ETS requirements for excluding employees from the workplace. There should be a set process to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms to ensure a safe work environment (i.e., via self-evaluation at home or questionnaire onsite). The screener and the employee must wear face coverings if they are not fully vaccinated. Please note guidelines for health screening may differ within local cities and counties. Get in touch with MyLobby immediately to better understand the laws for your local jurisdiction. 

Face coverings are required for unvaccinated individuals across California in indoor settings and at work. Anyone over the age of 2 needs face-coverings in schools, healthcare, long-term care homes, law enforcement facilities (i.e., correctional facilities), homeless and emergency shelters, and public transit. Many jurisdictions, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, six surrounding Bay Area counties, and Sacramento county, have restored mask mandates in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. 

COLORADO

Employee temperature and employee health screening; recommended as per the Department of Public Health & Environment, which outlines how to conduct a facility health screening. 

As of May 14th, there is no requirement for masks. However, masks are especially encouraged for unvaccinated people when indoors. Some places, such as healthcare settings and prisons, may still require masks if an individual cannot present proof of vaccination.

FYI: MyLobby’s COVID 19 screening app is all-inclusive and takes the hassle out of tracking compliance. The digital questionnaire system produces efficient and fully compliant results while reducing costs for your facility. The freestanding temperature scanner helps with tracking visitor activity on-demand. 

CONNECTICUT

Employee temperature and employee health screening; not enforced.

Face coverings are required for unvaccinated individuals over the age of 2 in indoor public settings, busy outdoor spaces, and large events. As of April 27th and May 19th, masks are not required outdoors and indoors for fully vaccinated people, respectively (except for in healthcare settings and public transit).

DELAWARE

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. 

The state mask mandate ended on May 21st but still requires face coverings in schools, government-owned buildings, public transit, and healthcare settings. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals should ideally mask up in public settings.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced, but employers should consider screening before starting a shift (i.e., via home evaluation or questionnaire onsite). 

As of July 31st, masks are required in all indoor public settings for anyone over 2, regardless of vaccination status. This is due to higher numbers of COVID-19 cases. 

GEORGIA

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. 

Health officials recommended wearing a mask when in public settings to minimize transmission. Atlanta has made its own face-covering rules and has reinstated its mask mandate for indoor settings as of July 28th. 

HAWAII

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced, but please reach out to MyLobby to ensure that your city or county does not have different rules and restrictions at a local level

The lifting of the outdoor mask mandate happened as of May 25th. However, individuals over the age of 5 are required to wear a facecovering in the majority of indoor public settings. Business establishments can also request mask-only entry unless there are special circumstances.

IDAHO

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced.

As of May 11th, employers are responsible for determining how masks and other PPE are needed in the workplace. The lifting of mask mandates has occurred, but as of May 28th, local governments can make their own mask-related rules.

ILLINOIS

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. 

Masks are required for unvaccinated people in indoor settings and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in government buildings, schools and day-care centres, healthcare and long-term care homes, homeless and emergency shelters, law enforcement facilities, and public transit/at stations. As of June 11th, face coverings are recommended, but not enforced for fully vaccinated people in other public settings.

INDIANA

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. To ensure compliance, reach out to MyLobby regarding any local rules and restrictions that may apply for certain counties and cities. 

As of April 6th, the statewide mask mandate is now considered an “advisory.” It is recommended for anyone age 8 and over to wear masks in all indoor settings and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are required in government buildings, K-12 schools, and at COVID-19 vaccination and testing locations. 

IOWA

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. 

As of February 7th, the state mask mandate was lifted. As of May 20th, the state does not permit schools and local governments to make their own masking rules. 

KANSAS

Employee temperature and health screening; recommended. Employers should keep track of workers’ temperatures and symptoms on a daily basis. Face coverings should be issued or approved. 

Currently, a Kansas City mask mandate will be effective from August 2nd until at least August 28th. Masks must be worn in indoor public settings where social distancing cannot be maintained (i.e., malls, etc.).

KENTUCKY

Employee temperature and health screening; recommended based on CDC guidelines (i.e., via home evaluation or questionnaire onsite). Screening questions should be based on COVID-19 symptoms, including “new” and “unexpected” symptoms. 

FYI: MyLobby’s “If-then” statements in their COVID 19 screening app can help to perform an accurate employee health screening and differentiate COVID-19 from other health concerns, such as allergies, migraines, etc. 

The state mask mandate ended on July 11th, but masks are still required for anyone over the age of 5 in schools and childcare centres, healthcare and long-term care homes, prisons, homeless shelters, and public transit. 

LOUISIANA

Employee temperature and health screening; recommended being done before entering work. 

From August 4th until at least September 1st, face coverings are required in indoor settings for anyone over the age of 5, regardless of vaccination status. There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases and not enough vaccinations completed.

FYI: In general, workplaces should practice social distancing between employees to minimize the spread of COVID-19. MyLobby’s workplace solutions support the hybrid work model to avoid overcrowding at work. 

MAINE

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. 

Face coverings are no longer required in the majority of settings, except for anyone over the age of 5 in schools and childcare centres. However, masks continue to be recommended for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals. 

MARYLAND

Employee temperature and health screening at the start of a shift; recommendedSome localities may have strict enforcements regarding temperature and health screening so make sure to reach out to MyLobby to ensure your business is up to date. 

As of July 1st, there is no set statewide mask mandate (except for public transit/at stations), but business establishments, local governments, and schools can create their face covering rules. 

MASSACHUSETTS

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced.

As of May 29th, the statewide face-covering mandate is now considered an “advisory” for those who are not fully vaccinated to particularly wear a mask in public settings. There is still a requirement for anyone over the age of 5 to wear a mask in K-12 schools, healthcare settings, long-term care homes, emergency, and homeless shelters, prisons, and public transit. 

MICHIGAN

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. However, some Michigan municipalities may have requirements for COVID-19 screening in the workplace so ensure to reach out to MyLobby for reassurance. 

As of June 22nd, there is no formal mask mandate indoors for fully vaccinated individuals and outdoors for everyone, except for in long-term care homes, prisons, and housing for farmworkers. 

MINNESOTA

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. 

As of May 14th, the state mask mandate has terminated. Masks are still required in schools and childcare centres.

MISSISSIPPI

Employee temperature screening; not enforced, but health screening is recommended. Businesses should follow CDC and public health regulations and guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19. This includes integrating a screening procedure for COVID-19 at the start of each shift. 

The mask mandate imposed for indoor public settings in high transmission counties expired on March 3rd, but face coverings are still required at K-12 schools.  

MISSOURI

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. 

The Department of Health and Senior Services recommends that anyone over the age of 2 should wear a mask to prevent transmission. As of July 26th, in St. Louis, anyone over the age of 5 is required to wear a mask in indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.

MONTANA

Employee temperature and health screening at the start of a shift is recommended. Businesses should absolutely execute the appropriate policies in accordance with the CDC and OSHA related to checking for COVID-19 symptoms. 

The state mask mandate was revoked on February 12th and as of May, all local counties do not require masks

NEBRASKA

Employee temperature screening is not enforced, but health screening for COVID-19 symptoms at the start of each shift is highly recommended

At the moment, face coverings are required for personal care industries (i.e., salons, etc.), and suggested for restaurant employees and more broadly, individuals in public settings.

NEVADA

Employee temperature screening is not enforced, but health screening is required. Regular evaluations are to be completed to monitor employees’ health, as well as emerging changes. 

As of July 30th, anyone over the age of 9 is required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This mandate is effective in 12 counties with “substantial or high COVID-19 transmission rates,” including Clark County (Las Vegas). 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Employee temperature screening is not enforced, but health screening is recommended. Daily screening or a self-evaluation at home should be done related to tracking symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever) or risk factors for exposure (i.e., prolonged exposure of frontline staff). 

As of June 17th, individuals without a symptom can go maskless in the majority of indoor and outdoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. People who are immunocompromised should continue to wear masks, especially when in busier indoor environments. 

NEW JERSEY

Employee temperature and health screenings; not enforced. 

The general mask mandate was lifted on May 28th, but masks are still recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated. Masks are still required for anyone over the age of 2 in schools and childcare centres, summer camps, government buildings, healthcare settings, as well as public transit as per the CDC. In private offices, masks are required for unvaccinated employees.

NEW MEXICO

Employee temperature screenings are not enforced, but health screening for symptoms is recommended in case employees need to be sent home due to COVID-19 related cases. 

As of May 14th, the mask mandate is no longer applicable to fully vaccinated individuals. For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, face coverings are required in public settings (with exception to eating or drinking, exercising independently or with members of the same household, or when attending a small gathering with less than 20 others who are fully vaccinated).

NEW YORK

Employee temperature screening is not enforced, but health screening is required. Employees are to be screened at the start of each shift. Any changes in symptoms should be monitored and reported accordingly. Health screening must be in alignment with NYSDOH and CDC guidance, where applicable. 

Masks are required for anyone over the age of 2 in public settings and for everyone on the public transit, in healthcare settings and long-term care homes, correctional facilities, and homeless and emergency shelters. Businesses and venues can ask for proof of vaccination, as well. 

NORTH CAROLINA

Employee temperature checks and screening is not enforced, but daily health screening for symptoms is recommended to grant entry to those who “pass” based on a COVID-19 symptom checker and assessments. 

As of May 14th, the general mask mandate has concluded, but face coverings are still encouraged for unvaccinated people and for anyone attending events in large venues. For anyone over the age of 5, face coverings are still required in schools, childcare centres, children’s camps, healthcare settings, and public transit/at stations as per the CDC. 

NORTH DAKOTA

Based on the orange/high-risk level for banquet halls and event venues, employees are recommended to be screened with temperature checks, as well.  

As of January 18th, there is no longer an enforced mask mandate due to decreases in COVID-19 cases noticed. 

OHIO

Employee temperature checks and health screening; not enforced. 

The state mask mandate ended on June 2nd (with the exception of high-risk facilities such as long-term care homes), but it is still advised for unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors.

OKLAHOMA

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. 

There is no statewide mask mandate, but it is advised to wear masks in public settings in general.

OREGON

Employee temperature and health screening are recommended related to COVID-19 symptom screening (i.e., via self-evaluation at home or questionnaire onsite) if required.  

As of June 30th, the state mask mandate was lifted due to just about meeting vaccination targets but is still required in certain settings including healthcare, detention centres, and public transit. Masks are also required for employees and visitors in state agencies, regardless of vaccination status.

PENNSYLVANIA

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. Always check with MyLobby about the local level

As of June 28th, the state mask mandate was reversed but is still required in healthcare settings, long-term care homes, prisons, homeless and emergency shelters, and public transit as per the CDC. 

PUERTO RICO

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. However, employers must develop and implement their own COVID-19 Control Plans as required by the labor department, which must be continually thoroughly communicated to employees as it is revised. 

For anyone over the age of 2 who is not fully vaccinated, masks are required in indoor public settings and for everyone in healthcare settings. 

RHODE ISLAND

Employee temperature screening is not enforced, but health screening is required. Anyone entering a facility should be screened via a visual evaluation, questionnaire, or conduct self-screening to ensure a compliant entry. 

The state ended the mask mandate as of July 6th. It is still recommended to wear face coverings indoors for unvaccinated people who interact with external individuals from their household or outdoors while at large functions. 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Employee temperature screening and health screening; recommended for restaurant employees before starting a shift.

As of May 11th, local governments and schools cannot implement mask mandates. However, anyone who is not fully vaccinated is encouraged to wear masks in public settings. 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Employee temperature screening is not enforced, but health screenings are recommended when reporting to work. 

Individuals should wear a mask when social distancing is not maintained, especially in high transmission areas. 

TENNESSEE

Employee temperature screening is not enforced, but health screenings related to COVID-19 symptoms are recommended when reporting to work.

As of late April, there is no longer any mask mandate at a local level. 

TEXAS

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. Although, make sure to check with MyLobby about any plans set at a local level. 

The state lifted the mask mandate as of March 10th. It is highly recommended to wear a mask in public settings. Local cities and counties are unable to create their own face-covering mandates.

UTAH

Employee temperature and health screening are recommended to account for any COVID-19 symptoms before starting a shift.

As of April 10th, there is no state mask mandate.

VIRGINIA

Employee temperature screening is recommended before the start of a shift (either by self-screening or onsite using a temperature scanner), and health pre-screening or surveying is required related to COVID-19 symptoms for any employers with hazards or job tasks classified as “medium,” “high,” or “very high.” Otherwise, employees should ideally be screened before work by self-screening using interim guidance provided, or employers can do this onsite process.

There is no statewide general mask mandate, but employees at retail stores, restaurants, gyms, and other customer-facing businesses are still required to wear masks. It is recommended that customers do, as well. Face coverings are a requirement at schools.

WASHINGTON

Employee temperature screening is not enforced, but daily health screening is required at the start of each shift to ensure sick employees do not enter the workplace. 

Any unvaccinated individuals over the age of 5 are advised to wear masks in indoor public settings and workplaces. Most mask-related rules have been removed for vaccinated individuals. However, all individuals still require face coverings in schools, healthcare settings, prisons, and homeless and emergency shelters.

WEST VIRGINIA

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. 

The state revoked the mask mandate as of June 20th. Masks are still required in healthcare settings and public transit/at stations as per the CDC. Businesses and schools may still require individuals to wear masks. 

WISCONSIN

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. 

There is no set mask mandate as of March 31st. The Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled this on this date. 

WYOMING

Employee temperature and health screening; not enforced. 

The state removed the mask mandate as of March 16th. Masks are recommended in public settings when an individual cannot maintain social distancing.

Health screening apps can provide efficiency by automating the process.

An app like MyLobby you can ensure that your organization maintains compliance as it will ensure that every visitor and employee that comes into the building gets screened.

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