COVID-19 Update: New Rules for Working Safely
Safety Rules for Workplaces Revised (A little bit)
ALL EMPLOYERS WITH IN-PERSON WORK
COVID-19 Update: “You Can Now Get a Haircut” Edition previously provided a detailed list of what is required to reopen for work in Michigan. A few new workplace safeguards under Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-145 were released this week. If you reviewed the prior blog post, you do not need to read all the below. Just quickly skim below to see updates, which have been highlighted (all employers must follow the list that immediately follows and then different rules are set forth by industry). Two changes apply to all work places: (1) communication/training must be offered in the primary language common to the work place and (2) face coverings must be worn in shared spaces at work. There are also updates for bars/restaurants.
The following must be completed by all organizations which have employees leaving home to perform work:
- Workplace infection-control practices;
- Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE);
- Steps to take to notify the business of any symptoms or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19;
- How to report unsafe working conditions;
- Immediately notify the local public health department, and
- Within 24 hours, notify any co-workers/contractors/
suppliers who may have come into contact with the person.
Businesses or operations that occur mostly outside must also:
Construction operations must also:
Manufacturing facilities must also:
- Routes by which the virus causing COVID-19 is transmitted;
- The distance that the virus can travel in the air, as well as the time it remains viable in the air and on environmental surfaces; and
- The use of PPE, including the proper steps for putting it on and taking it off.
RETAIL STORES, LIBRARIES & MUSEUMS
- Limit the number of customers in the store at one time (excluding employees) to 4 people per 1,000 square feet of customer floor space, and
- Create at least 2 hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations (over 60, pregnant women, and chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease).
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
Due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases, Executive Order 2020-143 ordered that indoor service (outside Regions 6 and 8) be suspended for food/bar establishments that generate more than 70% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages. Outdoor bar operations are still permitted for these businesses. If offering outdoor service, customers may only enter the establishment if walking inside in order to access the outdoor area or to use the restroom and must wear a face covering when walking inside.
Restaurants and bars must:
- Appropriate use of PPE with food safety guidelines;
- Food safety health protocols (e.g., cleaning between customers); and
- Managing symptomatic customers upon entry or in the restaurant.
PHYSICIAN OFFICES, DENTAL OFFICES, VETERINARIANS
Any outpatient health care facility, including physician offices, dental facilities, or veterinary services must:
PERSONAL CARE SERVICES
SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT VENUES
Sports and entertainment venues (such as arenas, theaters, concert halls, stadiums, amusement parks, bowling alleys, night clubs, skating rinks, and trampoline parks) are now permitted to open in Regions 6 and 8. They must:
GYMS AND FITNESS CENTERS/EXERCISE STUDIOS
Gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, sports facilities, exercise facilities, and exercise studios were permitted to reopen in Regions 6 and 8 on June 10. These facilities must:
Signs. Post signs outside of entrance informing individuals not to enter if they are or have recently been sick.
Records. Maintain accurate records, including date and time of event, name of customer/patron, and contact information, to aid with contact tracing.
Distancing. To the extent possible, configure workout stations to enable 10 feet of distance between individuals during exercise sessions (or 6 feet of distance with barriers).
Reduce Class Size. Reduce class sizes to enable at least 6 feet of separation between individuals.
Cleaning. Provide cleaning products throughout the gym or exercise facility for use on equipment. Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant must be readily available. Exercise equipment must be disinfected immediately after use. Post signs encouraging patrons to disinfect equipment if it is their responsibility. Public areas, locker rooms, and restrooms must be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
Ventilation and Outdoor Air. Ensure that ventilation systems operate properly. As much as possible, increase introduction and circulation of outdoor air by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods.
Close Steam Rooms/Saunas.
Record Keeping & Enforcement
As always the above is not legal advice.