Throughout the United States, government officials are attempting to limited the spread of COVID-19 by implementing safety guidelines that businesses must adhere to. These measures range depending on location, industry and number of employees. Some guidelines are mandatory and others are recommendations. Two common safeguards are mandatory temperature screenings of employees and in certain occasions customers and health screenings (questioning of health conditions).

An elevated temperature is a common symptom associated with COVID-19. It is also one of the easiest symptoms to non-evasively check for. 

Here is a list of state by state specific mandates concerning temperature screening. The information below does not include city specific safety measures. Certain municipalities may require additional measures.

The list also includes other safety screening measures (health questionnaires, apps, wellness checks).

It is important to note that all temperature screenings should be done by a no-touch temperature screener. Beyond that, if the temperature screener is autonomous, then that holds additional value. This way, not only is no labor required for the screening, no  No employees need to be in close range of a potentially infected individual.

The information provided below is based on our understanding of the temperature screening recommendations provided by public authorities. Such information is subject to change and the user should independently consult the health and/or temperature screening recommendations provided in his or her jurisdiction.  We are not health professionals and cannot assume any liability for following any advice or information provided herein.

State

Temperature Screening of Employees

Other Screening Measures

Alabama

Temperature Screening is Recommended. Alabama state government recommends employers take temperatures onsite with a no-touch thermometer each day upon a person arriving at work. If the temperature exceeds 100.4F then the individual should not be allowed to enter.

Screening is Recommended. Employers should screen all employees with COVID-19 related specific questions as they report to work. 

Alaska

No temperature screenings required.

Screening is Recommended. Reopening businesses should conduct pre-shift symptom screening

 

Arizona

Temperature Screening is Recommended

Screening is Required. Symptom screenings for employees should be implemented and done prior to the start of each shift, including wellness/symptom checks and temperature checks for all personnel when possible.

Arkansas

No temperature screenings required.

Screening is Required for restaurant employers and gym/fitness centers. All staff shall be screened for specified symptoms daily before entering the workplace.

Screening is Recommended: Employees for all businesses should be screened for fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or loss of taste/smell as upon reporting to work - before they enter premise. 

California

No temperature screenings required

(Local jurisdictions may have temperature screening mandates)

 

Screening is Required. Employers must develop and implement a process for screening employees with COVID-19 symptoms. This checking can be done at home by the employee or at the location by the employer. If the employer conducts screenings at the workplace, the employer shall ensure that face coverings are used during screening by both screeners and employees and, that non-contact thermometers are used if temperatures are checked.

 

Colorado

Temperature Screening is Required. Employers must conduct daily temperature checks and monitor symptoms in employees at the worksite to the greatest extent possible. The employer may have employees conduct self-assessment at home prior to coming to the worksite which includes a daily temperature check.  

Employers with over 50 employees in any one location must implement employee screening systems that follow the above requirements in one of the following ways: (1) set up stations at the worksite for symptom screening and temperature checks; or (2) create a business policy that requires at-home employee e self-screening each work day and reporting of the results to the employer prior to entering the worksite.

Screening Measures are Required. Employers must conduct daily temperature checks and monitor symptoms in employees at the worksite to the greatest extent possible. The employer may have employees conduct self-assessment at home prior to coming to the worksite which includes a daily temperature check.  

Employers with over 50 employees in any one location must implement employee screening systems that follow the above requirements in one of the following ways: (1) set up stations at the worksite for symptom screening and temperature checks; or (2) create a business policy that requires at-home employee e self-screening each work day and reporting of the results to the employer prior to entering the worksite.

Connecticut

Recommended. Before going to work, Employees should take their temperature and stay home If they have a temperature above 100.4F.

Screening measures are required for personal care services, retail, restaurants, and office-based businesses. These employers must ask employees daily that they have not experienced COVID-19 CDC-defined symptoms. Employees must alsomonitor their own symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, or any two of the additional symptoms enumerated in the guidance. If the employee does experience symptoms they must stay home and notify the employer who can then perform additional safety measures.

Delaware

Required for certain high-risk businesses and recommended for all others: all employees must questioned and report body temperature at or above 99.5F. If a facility has the capability to perform on-site temperature screenings, they may do so.

 

Required for certain high-risk businesses and recommended for all others: all employees must questioned and report body temperature at or above 99.5F. If a facility has the capability to perform on-site temperature screenings, they may do so.

All employers must provide screening questions to employees, restricting entrance if they have certain symptoms related to COVID-19.

District of Columbia

No Temperature Screening requirements.

Cold/Flu related symptom check/screenings are required for non-essential retail, restaurants, retail food sellers (including grocery stores, farmers' markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, food halls, and food banks), personal care services, and gyms/fitness centers. If an employee exhibits symptoms during shift, send employee home for self-administered at home screenings/testing.

Questionnaires recommended for lodging establishments and office spaces where employees are screened by assessing symptoms of workers at the beginning of their shift.

 

Florida

No state-wide temperature screening requirement

 

No state-wide COVID-19 symptom screening requirements

 

Georgia

No state-wide temperature screening requirement

 

Screening is Required for all business with in-person operations along with restaurants, bars and critical infrastructure. Employers must screen and evaluate employees with signs of illness. These may include a fever over 100.4F, cough, or shortness of breath. Any employees that exhibit the aforementioned signs, employers must encourage them to seek medical attention and not report to work.

Gyms and fitness centers are required to screen patrons at entrance. They must also refuse entry to any patrons that are displaying symptoms.

Hawaii

No state-wide temperature screening requirement

No state-wide screening requirements.

 

Idaho

Restaurant employers, personal care services, bars, wineries, and breweries, and gyms and fitness centers are encouraged to check temperatures with non-contact thermometer.  It is also encouraged to have employees monitor and report if they feel unwell during their work shift.

 

Restaurant employers, personal care services, bars, wineries, and breweries, and gyms and fitness centers should monitor staffs wellness by asking screening questions at the beginning of shifts.. It is also encouraged to have employees monitor and report if they feel unwell during their work shift.

 

Illinois

Temperature checks are recommended for food and meat processing facilities. Employers should screen and monitor workers, including fever checks and symptom checks.

 

Screening is Recommended. Employers should conduct in-person employee screenings upon entry into workplace. Employers should also conduct mid-shift screening to verify no presence of COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Indiana

No state-wide temperature screening requirements, although temperature screening is encouraged.

Screening is Required. Open businesses must conduct daily employee health screenings.

 

Iowa

No state-wide temperature screening requirement

Screening is Required. Businesses with in-person operations shall conduct appropriate employee screenings.

Kansas

Temperature Screenings are Recommended. Employers should regularly monitor employees' temperatures. A template screening form has been provided by the state for logging symptoms.

 

Screening is Recommended. Employers should monitor employees symptoms at the beginning of each employees shift. A template screening form has been provided by the state for logging symptoms.

Kentucky

Temperature Screening is Required. All businesses, including those that were permitted to remain open, must require employees to undergo daily temperature checks. These checks can be done either at the business location or at home. Employees with a fever above 100.4° should not report to work.

Screening is Required. All businesses, including those that were permitted to remain open, must require employees to undergo daily health assessments for specified symptoms. These assessments may be either self-administered or administered by the business prior to workplace entry. Self-administered assessments may be performed at home. 

Louisiana

Temperature Screenings are Recommended. Employers should measure each employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to the start of work.

Screening is Recommended. Employers should measure each employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to the start of work.

 

Maine

No Temperature Screenings are Required.

No Screening is Required.

Maryland

Temperature Screening is Recommended. Employers should implement a daily screening process for all personnel that may include temperature testing.

Recommended. Employers should implement a daily screening process for workers.

Massachusetts

No Temperature screening is Required.

Screening is Required for office spaces, personal care services, laboratories, gyms and fitness centers, lodging establishments, manufacturing, restaurants, retail stores, and "sectors not otherwise addressed." Facilities must screen workers at each shift to ensure all workers are not experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Michigan

*On October 2, the state supreme court invalidated the governor's executive orders regarding health and safety requirements for businesses. The state health department and MIOSHA have subsequently issued public health orders and emergency rules to reinstate most of the requirements.

Temperature Screening is Required for manufacturing facilities and meat and poultry processing facilities. 

Temperarture Screening is Required for casinos employees.

Temperature Screening is Recommended for all employers: the daily entry self-screening protocol should include temperature screenings if and whenever possible.

Screenings are Required for all businesses. Employers must conduct a daily entry self-screening protocol for everyone entering the workplace. Screenings should include a questionnaire covering symptoms and suspected or confirmed exposure to people with possible COVID-19.

Screenings are Required for construction businesses. Employers must conduct a daily entry self-screening protocol for everyone entering the workplace. Screenings should include a questionnaire covering symptoms and suspected or confirmed exposure to people with possible COVID-19. 

Screenings are Required for manufacturing facilities and meat and poultry processing facilities. Employers must conduct a daily entry self-screening protocol for everyone entering the workplace. Screenings should include a questionnaire covering symptoms and suspected or confirmed exposure to people with possible COVID-19. 

 

Minnesota

Temperature Screenings are Recommended. Employers may opt to conduct temperature screenings. All screenings must be done with proper social distancing, protection, and hygiene protocols. 

Screening is Required. Employers must establish health screening protocols for workers at the beginning of each shift. These screenings should include a health survey and when possible temperature screenings. A health screening must be conducted for each worker upon arrival and check-in at work using the Minnesota Department of Health Visitor and Employee Health Screening Checklist

Mississippi

No Temperature Screening is Required.

Screening is Required. All businesses shall make reasonable, good-faith efforts to comply with the CDC’s and Mississippi State Department of Health’s regulations and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures may  include employee screening protocols and should be done at the beginning of each shift.

Missouri

No State-Wide Temperature Screening is Required.

No State-Wide Screening is Required.

Montana

No State-Wide Temperature Screening is Required.

Screening is Required. Employers must conduct employee health assessments at the beginning of each shift. Businesses that focus on personal care must also screen customers prior to appointments for symptoms.

Nebraska

Temperature Screening is Recommended for restaurants providing dine-in eating. Complete employee pre-screening must be done prior to starting work. This should include temperature screenings.

Temperature Screening is Recommended for meat processing facilities. The recommended health screening should include temperature checks.

Temperature Screening is Required for employers that provide congregate or shared housing to employees. These employees must undergo daily verbal screening and temperature checks.

Screening is Recommended for restaurants that provide dine-in services. Complete employee pre-screening prior to starting work

Screening is Recommended for meat processing facilities. All employees and essential visitors/contractors should be screened daily for symptoms.

Screening is Required for employers that provide congregate or shared housing to employees. These employees must undergo daily verbal screening and temperature checks.

Nevada

No Temperature Screening is Required.

Screening is Required. Daily COVID-19 symptom assessment, including monitoring for fever, cough, and trouble breathing must be provided by Employers in these industries: agriculture, appliance and furniture showrooms, auto dealerships, banks and financial services, personal care services, restaurants and food and drink establishments, general office operations, retail and consumer services, and transportation, couriers, and warehousing.

Screening is Recommended for all employers: have employees perform self-assessments for COVID-19-like symptoms each day. Employers should monitor employees for signs of illness and require sick workers to stay home.

New Hampshire

Temperature Screening is Required. Essential businesses and organizations and those that are reopening all or a portion of their operations must document the temperature of all employees daily before their shift. Screenings should be done on-site with a no-touch thermometer before each shift. If this is not possible, temperatures can be taken before arriving as long as it can sufficiently be authenticated by the employee. Normal temperature should not exceed 100.0F.

Screening is Required. All businesses must develop a process for screening all employees reporting at the work location for COVID-19 related symptoms by asking the questions listed in the order. Any employeesresponsible for screenings should wear a cloth face covering.

New Jersey

Temperature Screening is Required for agriculture employers. Employer is to screen workers for symptoms, including temperature and symptom checks before all work shifts.

Temperature Screenings Required for restaurants and other food and beverage establishments. Employer is to screen workers for symptoms, including temperature and symptom checks before all work shifts.

Required for gyms and fitness centers and high-touch amusement and recreation activities: a facility shall conduct a temperature screening and questionnaire of staff and clients upon entrance to the facility. If someone has an elevated temperature then they shall not be granted entrance into the facility.

Screening is Required for all employers. Prior to each shift, all employers must conduct daily health checks of employees. These may include such temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and health questionnaires.

 

Screening is Required for gyms and fitness centers and high-touch amusement and recreation activities. The facility shall conduct a temperature screening and questionnaire of staff and clients upon entrance to the facility. No individual with a temperature of 100.4 or above, or who answers yes to any of the symptom screening questions, shall be allowed to enter the facility.

New Mexico

Temperature Screening is Recommended for retail employers. All employees and customers should be screened with a no-contact thermometer and not permitted to enter with a temperature greater than 100.4F.

Screening is Required. Employers must screen employees for symptoms before they enter the workplace each day. This screening should be done either verbally or through an app.

New York

Temperature Screening is Recommended generally as part of an employer's mandatory health screening assessment.

Required. Reopening businesses must adopt the NY Forward Safety Plan. This includes including a mandatory health screening assessment before all employee shifts and also when guests enter the premises. The responses must be reviewed and documented daily.

North Carolina

Temperature Screening is not Required.

Screening is Required. Businesses must conduct daily COVID-19 symptom screening for all workers, using an interview questionnaire of symptoms. This screening must be done before workers enter the workplace.

North Dakota

Temperature Screening is Recommended at the orange risk level for restaurants, banquet and event venues, and personal care services

Screening is Recommended at the orange risk level for restaurants, banquet and event venues, and personal care services

 

Ohio

Temperature Screening is Recommended for restaurant employees. Each employee should have their temperature checked daily with a thermometer before their shift begins.

Screening is Required. Employees must conduct daily health self-assessments and must not report to work if symptomatic.

Oklahoma

No Temperature Screening Requirements.

No Health Screening Requirement

 

Oregon

Temperature Screening is Recommended. Employers should consider conducting health checks - temperature and respiratory symptom screenings. These screenings should be done by the employer or self-reported by employees.

Temperature Screening is Recommended for personal care services for both employees and customers/clients.

Screening is Recommended. Employers should consider conducting health checks - temperature and respiratory symptom screenings. These screenings should be done by the employer or self-reported by employees.

Screening is Recommended for personal care services where provider screens clients before care services are provided.

Pennsylvania

Temperature Screening is Required. Employers must implement temperature screening before employees enter the business, before the start of each shift. All employees that have an elevated temperature or fever of 100.4F or higher must not be allowed to enter the location.

Screening is Required. All businesses conducting in-person operations must screen workers for symptoms before they enter the business.

Puerto Rico

No Temperature Screening Requirements.

Screening is Required. Employers must monitor and screen personnel prior to entering a workplace. The business must also establish protocols and  procedures to follow in case they detect an employee with COVID-19 symptoms.

Rhode Island

No Temperature Screening Requirements.

Screening is Required. Businesses must implement and ensure compliance with screening all individuals entering the establishment at any time for any reason. These screenings must included either visual assessment, self-screening, or a written questionnaire, or a combination of any of these screening methods; and at all entrances to an establishment, notice that all individuals entering must be screened or self-screened, and to not enter if they are COVID-19 positive, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have had close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual.

South Carolina

Temperature Screening is Recommended for restaurant employees. 

Screening is Required for restaurant employees. Employers must conduct, before or at the start of an employees shirt a survey making sure the employee does not have any COVID-19 related issues.

South Dakota

No Temperature Screening Requirements.

Screening is Recommended. Employers can ask employees screening questions when they report to work and keep a daily screening log.

Tennessee

No Temperature Screening Requirements.

Screening is Recommended. Screen employees to see if they are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms.

Texas

Temperature Screening is Recommended as a minimum standard health protocol. All employees should be screened before coming into the business for specified symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Employees with a temperature of 100.0F or greater should not be allowed inside the business.

Screening is Recommended as a minimum standard health protocol. All employees should be screened before coming into the business for specified symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Employees with do not have suitable answers where they may have COVID-19 or have been around someone with COVID-19 should not be allowed inside the business.

Utah

Temperature Screening is Required for gyms/fitness centers: Employees must go undergo symptom screening before every shift, including temperature screenings.

Screening is Required for gyms/fitness centers and personal care services: Symptom screening of staff before every shift, with a log that can be accessible at any point.

Screening is Recommended for all employers: especially employees who are, or work with, high-risk populations should have daily health screenings.

Vermont

Temperature Screening is Recommended. It is strongly recommended that a temperature check be conducted by the employee at home or at the business location with a non-contact temperature screener.

Screening is Required. Before each work shift, all employees shall complete an in-person health survey at the business location or prior to arriving at the worksite, confirming that the employee has no COVID-19 symptoms or been around someone with COVID-19.

Virginia

Temperature Screening is Recommended.

Screening is Required for employers with hazards or job tasks classified as "medium," "high," or "very high." Before each shift the employer is required to verify each covered employee does not have signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

Screening is Recommended generally. Before each shift, employers should verify each employees health by asking questions recommended in the VDH Interim Guidance for COVID -19 Daily Screening of Employees before reporting to work. 

Washington

No Temperature Screening Requirements.

Health Screening is Required. At the beginning of their shift, all employers must screen employees for signs/symptoms of COVID-19.

West Virginia

Temperature Screening is Recommended for restaurant and bar employers and lodging establishments. Employees are encouraged to take their temperature before work either at home or at the work location. If their temperature measures over 100F, the employee should notify management and not begin work.

Temperature Screening is Required for larger retail stores and casinos and gyms/fitness centers

Health Screening is Required for certain employers. Restaurant and bar employers and casinos and lodging establishments and retail establishments and gyms/fitness centers must monitor employees daily by through COVID-19 health screening questions.

Small businesses are recommended to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms daily using a series of questions.

Wisconsin

Temperature Screening Is Not Required 

Health Screening is Not Required 

Wyoming

Temperature Screening Is Not Required 

Health Screening is Required. Restaurant/bar employees, movie theater and live performance venue employees must be screened for symptoms of illness before each shift.

Health Screening Required. Gym employees must be screened for symptoms of illness before each shift.

Health Screening Required. Personal care services employees must be screened for symptoms of illness before each shift.