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Are manufacturing and warehousing businesses open? What safety precautions must they take?

Last Updated: 08/28/2020

Manufacturing and warehousing businesses may remain open and must follow required social distancing and safety protocols detailed in Executive Order No. 122 and Executive Order No. 181.

What To Expect

The following summarizes some of the protocols contained in Executive Order No. 122 and Executive Order No. 181. However, this summary is not a replacement for fully complying with the terms of EO 122 and businesses should read the full guidance carefully to ensure full compliance.

Establishments must institute the following policies:

  • Require workers and visitors to wear cloth face coverings. A business must provide, at its own expense, these face coverings for employees. If a visitor refuses for a non-medical reason, they must be denied entry.
  • Businesses may adopt policies that require staff to wear gloves, in addition to regular hand hygiene. Where a business requires its staff to wear gloves while at the worksite, the business must provide such gloves to staff.
  • Prohibit non-essential visitors from the worksite;
  • Require everyone to maintain 6 feet of social distancing wherever possible;
  • Stagger lunch breaks and work times to minimize the number of people on site while safely continuing operations;
  • Restrict the number of individuals who can access common areas such as restrooms and breakrooms at the same time;
  • Require infection control practices such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage;
  • Limit sharing of tools, equipment, and machinery;
  • Provide hand sanitizer and wipes to workers and visitors;
  • Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas like restrooms, breakrooms, equipment, and machinery.
  • Immediately separate and send home workers who appear to have COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Promptly notify workers of any known exposure to COVID-19, subject to confidentiality requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

For more details, refer to Executive Order No. 122 and Executive Order No. 181.

Source: Executive Order No. 122; Executive Order No. 181.