Return to work for City staff

Employees told to stay home because of a health check must talk to a manager before returning to work on-site.

Stay home

​​​​​1. If you’ve had new symptoms in the past 24 hours

Do not go to work if you feel sick. Get tested at one of several locations in San Francisco. 

Tell your manager you need to stay home. If you have questions, call the Nurse Triage Line at 855-850-2249.

Isolate yourself at home until you get your test results.

If your test is negative, stay home until you have no symptoms for at least 3 days.


2. If you’ve had COVID-19 

You must isolate yourself at home if you tested positive for COVID-19. 

You must meet all of the following requirements before returning to work:

  • Free of fever over 100.4 F (38 C) for 72 hours (without medication)
  • Have no trouble breathing
  • Have isolated yourself for 10 days from the date of your first symptoms

If you never had symptoms, you must have isolated yourself for 10 days from the date of your coronavirus test.


3. If you’ve had close contact with someone with COVID-19

You must quarantine yourself for 14 days from the date of the most recent contact.

A close contact is anyone who:

  • Lives with you
  • Was within 6 feet of you for 15 minutes or more
  • Exposed you to direct contact with their body fluids

Direct contact with bodily fluids could be if someone coughed or sneezed on you while you were not wearing a face mask, gown, and gloves. It could also be from sharing utensils with someone.

A close contact does not include employees who are required to work with someone who may have COVID-19, if they are wearing the appropriate PPE at work.


Returning to work

You must get in touch with your department’s HR lead for approval to return to work on-site.  The HR lead will check that you’ve met the requirements to go back to work. 

If you are off work for more than 5 days, you must submit a doctor’s note to your HR lead.

When you do return to work you must continue to submit a health check every day, wear face coverings, and stay 6 feet apart from others.


Last updated July 30, 2020