Although the pandemic is still ongoing, New York is slowly reopening. If you’re planning to return to work it pays to be prepared. Luckily, New York State has released guidelines for getting back to work safely.

If you’re ready to head out to the office yet again, Stonehenge NYC is here to help! These basic steps will ensure you’re fully prepared to return to work.

Get Tested:



Even if you’ve been super strict during quarantine, you will still need to get tested before returning to work. This will ensure that your co-workers feel safe around you and vice versa. You can also get an antibody test which will tell you if you were previously infected. 

You'll find it’s actually super easy to get tested. You can find a testing area in your area by following this link. The test consists of a nasal swab and a blood test and you’ll get your results in 3-5 days. All testing is free, which means it won’t cost you more than a couple of hours of your time at the most. 

Master The Mask:



Wearing a mask may be uncomfortable, but it is necessary for you to wear one to remain safe when returning to the office. Luckily, your mask will be free because your employer is required to provide you with masks when you return to the office. 

It is highly recommended that you wear your mask when traveling to and from the office, but you won’t have to wear one at all times. When you’re at your desk, you can feel free to take the mask off as long as you’re at least 6 feet from your fellow employees. During in-person meetings and direct interactions, you’ll need to put one on. 

Keep in mind that there are very few loopholes to avoid wearing a mask. Even if you’ve already caught Covid-19 and recovered, you’re still required to wear one. Your children should wear one as well unless they’re under 2 years old. Wearing a mask may not be your favorite thing, but New Yorkers are adaptable. You’ll forget you’re wearing one before you know it!

Gloves?



You might feel like you’re being extra careful by wearing gloves, but it’s actually not required. In fact, the CDC deems wearing gloves unnecessary because COVID 19 is primarily spread through airborne droplets when speaking, coughing, or breathing. You’ll only need to wear gloves if you’re cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. Gloves may seem like a good idea, but you’re better off regularly washing your hands with warm soapy water or regularly using hand sanitizer. 

Check Your Temperature:



A surefire way to make sure that you and your colleagues remain healthy is to check your temperature every day before you go into work. Any temperature 100.4 F or greater is considered a fever. If you’ve got a fever, be sure to stay home and monitor your symptoms. 

Remain Vigilant:



Staying safe and healthy when returning to work will require a lot of vigilance from all New Yorkers. Once you’ve been back in the office for a while, it can be tempting to fall back into your old patterns. Remember to maintain social distance and stay well-stocked on masks and hand sanitizer. Your employer is actually required to provide those to you for free, so there’s really no excuse.

We won’t be shaking anyone’s hands for quite a while. Be sure to wash your hands every time you touch high traffic areas like doorknobs, filing cabinet handles, and common kitchen items. Also, be sure you wash or replace your mask every day. It's also good to keep the lines of communication open between your fellow employees, yourself, and your boss. If something seems wrong, consider speaking up!

Although work isn’t going to be the same for a very long time, you’ll probably find some enjoyment in getting out of your home and getting back to work. We’re all in this together!