Current Guidelines (Updated 7/28/21)
CDC issued updated guidance on Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. In accordance with recently issued CDC recommendations and consistent with Executive Order 13991, effective immediately, face coverings must be worn by everyone in all DOE buildings and leased spaces that are in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
Masks must be worn in all public and work areas within a building (e.g., garages, hallways, snack bars, cafeterias, elevators, and restrooms). Face coverings must be worn in all face-to-face meetings and are required at security checkpoints. Security Officers may direct individuals to lower or temporarily remove their face covering to verify identity. Face coverings are also required inside government owned vehicles when other personnel are in the vehicle.
Individuals must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth and is in accordance with current CDC and OSHA guidance. The CDC recommends the following: non-medical disposable masks, masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face), masks made with breathable fabric (such as cotton), masks made with tightly woven fabric (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source), masks with two or three layers, and masks with inner filter pockets. Novelty/non-protective masks, masks with ventilation valves, or face shields are not considered an acceptable substitute for masks.
- Face coverings may be removed when alone in one’s own office with a door that closes.
- When eating/drinking, face coverings may be removed as long as you are at least six feet from another individual.
- Individuals who are conducting work utilizing controls and/or personal protective equipment identified in a job hazards analysis or similar evaluation should implement the controls identified as part of that analysis; however, the COVID risk needs to be factored into decisions as to appropriate respiratory protection.
- Individuals who have a medical or religious reason why they cannot wear face coverings may request an accommodation, as appropriate.