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Posted on: January 6, 2022

Revised Policy 1499: COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Periods Shortened


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidelines on COVID-19 safety protocols for vaccinated, unvaccinated, exposed and positive tested persons. As a result, the City’s Temporary Policy and Administrative Guidelines for COVID-19 (Policy 1499) have been revised to incorporate the new guidance.

An employee with COVID-19 should now isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), the employee can return to work, but must wear a medical mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others. Additionally, depending on the vaccination status of the employee, the quarantine period for an employee who is exposed to COVID-19 is either eliminated with strict mask use for 10 days or shortened to 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.

The revised quarantine, isolation and masking requirements are summarized in the updated Policy Brief (PDF).

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