Additional Measures to Address COVID-19 in Public Indoor Spaces
Additional measures should be taken in schools, offices, commercial buildings, and common areas of apartment buildings, mixed use buildings, and other public indoor spaces such as lobbies, sitting rooms, laundry rooms, and recreational rooms.
Implement administrative practices designed to reduce crowding or occupancy (such as telework, staggered schedules, remote/video meetings, etc.). Limit use of small spaces that are shared, such as meeting rooms, laundry rooms, and lobbies. These approaches would be equivalent to increasing the ventilation per person in buildings, or in specific rooms.
Reconfigure Building Spaces and Furnishings
Reconfiguration or reorientation of building spaces and furnishings can help to reduce risks of airborne transmission of COVID-19. Area layouts, rooms, office furniture or cubicles can be adjusted. For example, reorienting adjoining workstations so employees do not face each other could be an important component of an overall plan to address the virus. This is especially important when additional filtration and ventilation recommendations cannot be fully implemented. When reconfiguring building spaces, the use of partitions can also help reduce risks of transmission by minimizing direct air flow between people. Refer to CDC guidance for more information.
- CDC Coronavirus homepage
- CDC COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- ASHRAE COVID-19 ResourcesExit