Updated COVID-19 Workplace Rules and New Mask and Gathering Requirements Impact Physician Offices

May 28, 2021—Effective June 1 are updates to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 emergency rules for workplaces that impact physician offices and other healthcare facilities. These updates were announced this week alongside the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ new Gatherings and Face Mask Order that takes effect June 1 through July 1, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated recommendations.

Notable updates include, among others:

  • Requiring patients, healthcare professionals, and staff to wear face coverings where patients may be present, regardless of vaccination status
  • Requiring employees who are not fully vaccinated to wear face coverings when they cannot consistently maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others
  • Allowing fully vaccinated healthcare professionals and staff (defined as greater than two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or greater than two weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) to dine and socialize together in break rooms, and to conduct in-person meetings without wearing facemasks or maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet
  • If unvaccinated healthcare professionals are present, everyone should wear face coverings and those who are unvaccinated should maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others
  • No longer prohibiting in-person work for employees who can complete their work remotely
  • No longer requiring that fully vaccinated healthcare professionals with higher-risk exposures who are asymptomatic to quarantine for 14 days following exposure
  • Requiring that healthcare professionals who have traveled continue to follow CDC travel recommendations and requirements, including restriction from work

More information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention

More information from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

MIOSHA Emergency Rules