The Dos and Dont’s of Workspace Layouts


Employees may work in a range of cubicle and workstation configurations; however,  determining when face coverings are required, consider the following:

  1. Do have barriers between cubicles that are at least 5’5″ high, from the floor.
  2. Do have desks in adjacent cubicles that do not face each other.
  3. Do reduce the number of people in a room to allow empty desks/6 feet between desks as possible.

If all three above statements are met, the person sitting at the desk would not need to wear a mask. However, they would need to put a mask on if they stand up or walk around.

If the above statements cannot be met, then it would be very important that the person(s) sitting at the desk(s) wear a mask.

Photo examples of acceptable cubicles/workspace

Examples of cubicle “Don’ts”

  • Don’t place desk and person closer than 6 feet apart
  • Don’t place persons facing towards each other
  • Don’t have a divider that is too short between desks
  • Don’t have an open desk layout without dividers

Please Note: As you contemplate additional partitions to existing cubicles, keep partition tops at minimum 18 to 24 inches below the ceiling to allow for appropriate air system circulation and compliance with fire code.

Photo examples of cubicle/workspace to avoid

Photo examples of acceptable installed barriers