FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED (AGAIN) FOR EMPLOYEES
A little after 10 a.m. this morning(4-29-20), the Ohio Dept of Health’s Responsible RestartOhio website was updated, again updated the usage of face coverings for workers in the construction industry and general office settings. The sector specific operating requirements now state the following under its mandatory section for both sectors:
Face coverings are required for employees and distributors, unless not advisable by a healthcare professional, against documented industry best practices, or not permitted by federal or state laws/ regulations.
This is the third change to the use of face coverings in the past 24 hours and reflects the press release issued from the Governor related to face coverings in retail. During today’s press conference, Lieutenant Governor Husted addressed the issue. He stated that face coverings required for workers across all industries with following exceptions: prohibited by law/regulation; against documented industry best practices; not advisable for health purposes; violation of safety policies; sitting alone in an enclosed workplace; when there is a practical reason a face covering cannot be worn by employee. If you believe your business or employee qualifies for these exceptions, you must have written justification available to provide if requested.
Additional guidance is expected in the next day or two to help employers as they navigate the new requirements.
Currently construction remains covered under the essential infrastructure guidelines under the Amended Director of Health's Stay at Home Order issued April 2, 2020. Any requirements for construction and general office under RestartOhio would take effect May 4. Currently, OFCC and ODOT have indicated that they continue to work under their current guidelines for projects and related face mask usage.
We will keep you apprised as more information is available and if additional changes are made.