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Covid-19 and Business Reopenings
May 21, 2020 • 5 Articles • 3 min read
OSHA Vows More Work Safety Inspections for Coronavirus as Businesses Reopen
Insurance Journal • May 21, 2020
- As states begin reopening their economies, OSHA has issued two revised enforcement policies to ensure employers are taking action to protect their employees.
- OSHA also said it was requiring all businesses to record COVID-19 as a workplace illness where the employer could reasonably determine the infection occurred at work.
- OSHA can fine employers for violating workplace safety rules, but only after it conducts inspections and investigations.
- Beginning on July 6, some Facebook offices will reopen for employees, though reportedly at only 25% capacity.
- Facebook will also limit the number of employees in meeting rooms, space work stations six feet apart, close down gyms, and limit office cafeterias to “grab-and-go” meals, Bloomberg reports.
- Facebook has made plans for how its employees will begin returning to work, and it will mark a major shift to how the tech giant’s office previously operated.
- An uptick in overall cases, a new outbreak traced to a specific industry, or a lack of hospital beds are just some of the reasons why one of the 50 states that has now reopened could be forced to tighten restrictions again.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will tighten restrictions if either the hospital system in an area breaches 70% capacity or the rate of the virus transmission reaches 1.1, an indication that for every person who has the virus, another 1.1 people are infected; other governors could follow suit and formalize their own circuit breaker measures.
- “We want to reopen but we want to do it without infecting more people or overwhelming the hospital system,” Cuomo said at a press conference on April 28 (Currently, New York’s rate of infection stands at .85, according to Rt.live, a website that tracks the metric in every U.S. state.)
- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released a 10-page document detailing its requirements for casinos to reopen once they are given permission by the state.
- “There’s going to be some restrictions on how many people would be in the casino at one time so they can keep social distancing,” said Doug Harbach, director of communications for the state Gaming Control Board.
- To maintain social distancing, the Gaming Control Board is requiring casinos to put markings on the floor to keep people apart in lines, disable slot machines, close poker rooms and install plexiglass dividers.
NC to move into modified Phase 2 on Friday
Daily News (Jacksonville, NC) • May 21, 2020
- Phase 2 of reopening the economy will begin Friday, but it will be a modified version of what was originally planned, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced in a press conference Wednesday.
- Phase 1 of the governor’s plan to reopen the state began May 8 following weeks of all but essential businesses being closed during a Stay at Home Executive Order issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Under Phase 2, the Stay at Home order will be lifted and a Safer at Home recommendation will be put in its place where staying home is still recommended.
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