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Travel Situations That Require Quarantine

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, as do the guidelines for members of our workforce. PG&E continues to make updates to our travel policies to align with new travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to continue keeping our employees, contractors and communities safe.

PG&E continues to discourage nonessential travel (by air, land, or sea), as all forms of travel increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. This guidance is consistent with the latest information from the CDC, public health professionals, the State of California, and our Medical Director. If travel in the U.S. is necessary, all county and state requirements must be observed.

As a reminder, there may be other federal, state and county requirements that you must be aware of before traveling. PG&E employees are expected to adhere to those requirements upon return from domestic and international travel.

If you are required to quarantine due to travel that was not on behalf of PG&E, inform your supervisor and call the HR Help Line at 415-973-HELP (415-973-4357), Option 4 immediately to discuss your situation. You must not report to a job site or work location, and if able, work remotely during that period. The HR Help Line will review the pay options (PDF, 162 KB) that may be available to you.

We recognize that members of our workforce may have personal reasons to travel. If you do decide to do so, we ask you to make your travel safer by following the Travel Tips on the CDC website. We know it is only getting harder and harder to stay home, but staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

International and Cruise Ship Travel:

  • PG&E now requires all coworkers returning from travel outside the United States or a cruise, whether for business or personal travel, to quarantine for 10 calendar days unless they are fully vaccinated.
    • Fully vaccinated international travelers (defined as departing the U.S. at least 14 days after receiving the second Pfizer or Modera injection or the single Johnson & Johnson injection) do not have to quarantine when they return.
    • Unvaccinated coworkers or those who do not wish to disclose their vaccination status who take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after returning from travel and receive a negative result may return to the workplace after 7 days.
  • Because of this mandatory quarantine period, if you are planning travel internationally or via cruise ship, you must notify your supervisor in advance to make appropriate work scheduling and safety arrangements.

Business Travel:

Business travel restrictions implemented for COVID-19 safety will be discontinued. Approval for business travel and to attend conferences in person will once again follow the guidance in PG&E Standard FIN-2210S - Employee Business Expenses and Travel Standard. Leaders are reminded to be mindful of budget restrictions when approving business travel.

Air travel on a domestic flight by a member of our workforce or someone in their household will not require a 10-day self-quarantine before returning to work.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and Reporting Potential Exposure

If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your doctor to discuss your specific situation and then call the HR Help Line at 415-973-HELP (415-973-4357), Option 4.

We will continue to inform employees who may have been exposed to enable them to quarantine.

Cal/OSHA Requirement: Mandatory 10-day Quarantine

What it is: California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) passed an emergency regulation on November 19 that went into effect on December 1. PG&E was already following most of the provisions in the new regulation, and we have plans in place to ensure we are following several others. One key provision involves quarantining.

How you may be impacted: If you are directed by HR to quarantine due to potential exposure to COVID-19, you must remain in quarantine for a full 10 days, regardless of whether you receive a negative test for COVID-19. If you are directed to quarantine, you will be provided the date you are cleared to return. Note: Cal/OSHA has shortened their quarantine guidelines to 10 days, which now matches the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quarantine guidelines. Employees are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days.