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Frequently Asked Questions

What should an agency do if the return of Federal employees to their duty station conflicts with ordinances put in place by local or state authorities?

As the decision of an agency head to return to normal operations depends heavily on consultation with and guidance from local health officials, we expect such conflicts to be infrequent.  However, OPM, in consultation with the Department of Justice, has determined that none of the orders issued to date restrict the ability of Federal employees and contractors from any travel necessary to perform official functions.  OPM recommends that Federal agencies continue to follow staffing plans that have been adopted consistent with previous COVID-19 guidance issued by OMB and OPM.

Federal employees and contractors should continue to carry appropriate Federal identification (such as a CAC or PIV card, or agency-issued letter of authorization) when traveling to carry out Federal business and report to appropriate supervisors if there has been a travel issue with local law enforcement.  

For more information, see OPM guidance on COVID-19.

How can an agency encourage the use of face-coverings by employees where appropriate?

Agencies may recommend that employees follow certain safety procedures, such as using a face covering, in order to help ensure the health and safety of the employee and their coworkers. Consistent with the U.S. Federal Government’s Guidelines for Reopening America Again, agencies are to strive to create workspaces where appropriate social distance can be maintained.  In situations where maintenance of such distance is challenging, however, agencies should consider encouraging employees to wear face coverings.  Employees are free to wear appropriate (as deemed by agency management) face coverings at all times within the workplace.

For more information, see OPM guidance on COVID-19.

I am a bus transit operator. How can I protect myself?

For bus transit operators, potential sources of exposure include having close contact with a bus passenger with COVID-19, by contacting surfaces touched or handled by a person with COVID-19, or by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

– Limit close contact with others by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet, when possible.
– Consider asking bus passengers to enter and exit the bus through rear entry doors.
– Request passengers avoid standing or sitting within 6 feet of the bus driver.
– Avoid touching surfaces often touched by bus passengers.
– Use gloves if required to touch surfaces contaminated by body fluids.
– Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, including surfaces in the driver cockpit commonly touched by the operator.
– Proper hand hygiene is an important infection control measure. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
– Key times to clean hands in general include: Before, during, and after preparing food, before eating food, after using the toilet, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
– Additional times to clean hands on the job include: Before and after work shifts, before and after work breaks, after touching frequently touched surfaces, such as fareboxes and handrails, after putting on, touching, or removing cloth face coverings
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

For further information, see CDC guidance for bus transit operators.

Please check back frequently to see new and updated resources.

Plan for sector reopening (coming soon)

The Navigator’s office is actively working with a diverse set of representatives from across this industry to develop industry-specific reopening health guidelines. These health guidelines are designed to help businesses prepare for reopening by providing clear guidance on key topics including, but not limited to:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Employee health and personal hygiene
  • Customer expectations
  • Social distancing
  • Facility safety
  • Employee support

We are also compiling industry best practices and other material to help support you over the coming months. Please check back soon for updates!