June 19, 2021: We have updated our Covid Protection Plan. It can be downloaded from here. This supersedes the older plan outlined below.


Donut Friend has and will continue to follow the most recent guidance from local, state and federal agencies. We’ve worked to adapt and update our policies, procedures and practices in accordance with those mandates and best practices, which have changed frequently through the course of the pandemic. We’re taking aggressive measures and providing even greater transparency during the pandemic as summarized below. 

We have also always welcomed suggestions and input from the staff regarding operations at Donut Friend, and our COVID-19 policy is no exception. While we believe we are doing everything we can to keep our team safe while at work, we recognize that there’s always room for improvement and encourage anyone with suggestions to please send them our way.

These are the preventative measures we are currently taking to keep our team AND GUESTS safe:

  • Employees are required to log their temperatures before clocking in.
  • Disposable masks and gloves are provided.
  • All high contact surfaces are cleaned and sanitized regularly.
  • Social distancing stickers have been placed in our front of house. 
  • The number of guests allowed in the shop is limited.
  • All guests are required to wear masks.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been installed at the front door and at the register.
  • Barriers have been installed between our customers and team members.
  • Barriers have been installed between work stations in the kitchen.
  • We have limited the number of employees scheduled at a time.
  • Employees are not to take breaks together to minimize contact.
  • With one or two exceptions, employees do not work at multiple locations.

We will exclude from work employees who (1) test positive for COVID-19, or (2) have had COVID-19 exposure. 

A person is considered to have had a COVID-19 exposure if they were within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes within any 24-hour period during the COVID-19 case’s “high risk exposure period.” 

The high-risk exposure period is:

  • For COVID-19 cases who develop COVID-19 symptoms - from two days before they first develop symptoms until 10 days after symptoms first appeared, and 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and symptoms have improved.
  • For persons who test positive but never develop COVID-19 symptoms - from two days before until ten days after the specimen for their first positive test for COVID-19 was collected.

If we learn that one or more of our team members had a COVID-19 exposure in the workplace, we will do the following:

  • Notify all employees and employees’ authorized representatives who may have had COVID-19 exposure within one business day in a manner that does not reveal the COVID-19 case’s personal identifying information
  • Offer testing at no cost to any employee potentially exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace, and provide applicable benefit information. The time an employee spends being tested is considered compensable hours worked.
  • Exclude from the workplace employees who test positive for COVID-19 and employees with COVID-19 exposure, and follow the requirements for preserving their pay and benefits
  • Follow the return to work criteria for returning excluded employees to work
  • Investigate the exposure and address hazards
  • Follow all record keeping and reporting requirements for employee COVID-19 cases.

COVID-19 cases will be allowed to return to work when:

  • For employees with symptoms all of these conditions must be met:
    • At least 24 hours have passed since a fever of 100.4 or higher has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications;
    • COVID-19 symptoms have improved; and
    • At least 10 days have passed since COVID-19 symptoms first appeared
  • For employees without symptoms, at least 10 days have passed since the COVID-19 case’s first positive test
  • If a licensed health care professional determines the person is not/is no longer a COVID-19 case, in accordance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) or local health department recommendations

Employees who were exposed to a COVID-19 case will be allowed to return to work 14 days after the last known COVID-19 exposure.

An employee does not have to have a negative test to return to work. The criteria for returning to work are listed above.

In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak (three or more COVID-19 cases in an “exposed workplace” within a 14-day period or identified as an outbreak by a local health department), in addition to the requirements for non-outbreak settings, we will:

  • Immediately provide testing to all employees in the exposed workplace and exclude positive cases and exposures from work; repeat the testing one week later; and
  • Continue testing employees at least weekly until the workplace no longer qualifies as an outbreak.

As the official guidance from local, state, and federal agencies changes we will adapt and incorporate those changes into our policy. The most recent changes may or may not be reflected above.