By: Leah K. Sell, Esq.
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Recent court cases, county activities, and media coverage have caused confusion for many Pennsylvania business owners and employers regarding COVID-19 mitigation requirements. While each company should have a customized plan unique to their needs, here are 10 COVID-19 mitigation requirements applicable to
Pennsylvania businesses and employers.
Everyone is required to wear a mask, even with social distancing, unless an individual is alone in a closed room (i.e. their office) or there is a medical/safety exemption.
Post signage and provide hand sanitizer when handwashing facilities are not available; some employers must also provide handwashing breaks.
Enforce distancing of ‘at least 6 feet apart’ by implementing signage, incorporating spatial design changes, introducing limitations on gathering in common areas and making meeting modifications.
Establish safety practices and provide supplies & labor to disinfect all high-touch surfaces between guests/customers or openings/closings.
Sick? Stay at Home
Require employees to STAY HOME if they, or anyone they had close contact with (6 ft > 10 mins) have symptoms, were exposed to COVID-19, or are waiting for test results.
When possible, all business should be conducted remotely by individual employees.
Industry Specific Requirements
Additional obligations exist for certain industries, such as those that serve the public or those regulated by the State Boards, such as Cosmetology.
Abide by occupancy requirements, including those for meetings and other gatherings; restaurants must self-certify to move to 50%.
Exposure Control Plan
In a situation where there is a probable/confirmed case of COVID-19, have a plan in place that allows for confidential notifications to those with close contact, quarantine protocols, additional cleaning and employee temperature readings.
Provide paid leave pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act; abide by other federal requirements such as OSHA’s duty of care to provide a safe workplace and CDC recommendations and guidance.
These materials are for informational purposes only and are not intended to and do not constitute legal advice or a solicitation for the formation of an attorney-client relationship. This information changes daily.
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 mitigation requirements for Pennsylvania businesses, or any other employment-related legal issue, please contact Leah K. Sell.