On August 13, 2021, OSHA issued updated guidance to better align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s July 27, 2021 recommendations, given the rising cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
A city Order requires individuals to wear a face mask (with certain exceptions) in any indoor setting and at certain large outdoor events, unless all present are required to be vaccinated and there is a reasonable process to confirm vaccination status.
Many employers may want to avoid drawing a red line between vaccinated and non-vaccinated employees by adopting a “soft” approach, requiring that employees either provide proof of vaccination or periodic proof of a negative COVID test.
Florida employers can require employees to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations, submit records of such vaccination, and implement other safety measures for their workplaces notwithstanding national publicity suggesting otherwise.
On August 3, 2021, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the nation’s first vaccine mandate applying not only to employees, but also patrons of indoor dining facilities, indoor fitness facilities, and indoor entertainment facilities.
On July 29, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-38, combining several existing COVID-19 executive orders for the stated purpose of promoting statewide uniformity and certainty in the state's COVID-19 response.