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

Last Updated: 11/05/2020

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. 192.

Mask Requirement

Under Executive Order No. 192, all employees, customers, and visitors must wear a face covering while on the premises, except when an individual is under two years of age or where it is impractical like when eating, drinking, or receiving a service that cannot be completed while wearing a mask.

Employees, customers, and visitors who refuse to wear a face covering may be declined entry, except when doing so would violate State or federal law and provided the employer complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination where applicable.

Employers may permit employees to remove their face covering when they are at their workstation at least six feet from others or alone in a walled space such as an office, or if it would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task. Employers must provide face coverings to their employees.

For more details and exemptions, refer to page 4 of Executive Order No. 192.

Requirements to Protect Employees and Others

The following summarizes some of the protocols contained in Executive Order No. 122 and Executive Order No. 192. However, this summary is not a replacement for fully complying with the terms of EO 122 and EO 192, and businesses should read the full guidance carefully to ensure full compliance.

Employers must institute the following policies:

  • Require workers and customers to maintain at least six feet of distance from one another, to the maximum extent possible;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Limit sharing of tools, equipment, and machinery;
  • Provide approved sanitization materials for employees and visitors at no cost to those individuals;
  • Ensure that employees practice hand hygiene and provide employees with sufficient break time for that purpose;
  • Routinely clean and disinfect all high-touch areas in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines;
  • Prior to each shift, conduct daily health checks, such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires, consistent with CDC guidance;
  • Do not allow sick employees to enter workplace and follow requirements of applicable leave laws;
  • Promptly notify employees of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite; and
  • Clean and disinfect the worksite in accordance with CDC guidelines when an employee at the site has been diagnosed with COVID-19 illness.

Detailed requirements and exemptions for certain employers can be found in the full text of Executive Order No. 192.

Source: Executive Order No. 122; Executive Order No. 192