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COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance for Federal Contractor and Subcontractors

On Sept. 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force) released new guidance (the Guidance) on COVID-19 workplace safety protocols for federal contractors and subcontractors. The goal of the Guidance is to get more people vaccinated.

The Guidance requires each covered contract and contract-like instrument to include a clause requiring the contractor and their subcontractors to comply with all guidelines for workplace locations published by the Task Force.

These workplace safety protocols will apply to all covered contractor employees, including contractor or subcontractor employees in covered contractor workplaces who are not working on a federal government contract or contract-like instrument.

Federal contractors and subcontractors with a covered contract will be required to conform to the following workplace safety protocols:

  • COVID-19 vaccination;
  • Masking and physical distancing; and
  • Appointment of COVID-19 coordinators.


Covered contractors must review and adhere to the requirements of the Guidance. They are also responsible for ensuring that covered contractor employees comply with workplace safety protocols.

Covered Contractor Employee

Any full-time or part-time employee of a covered contractor working on or in connection with a covered contract or working at a covered contractor workplace. This includes employees of covered contractors who are not working on or in connection with a covered contract, but does not include contractor employees who only perform work outside the United States or its outlying areas.

Important Dates

  • Dec. 8, 2021 – Covered contractor employees must be fully vaccinated unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation.
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