|Cautious Discussions About Reopening For Business: As we muddle our way through the Covid-19 crisis together, voices in business and government have begun discussing what recovery will look like, and how long it will take, and what steps we should plan to take to get there. Governor Lamont has created a Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group, and is coordinating with the governors of six other northeastern states to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the states’ stay at home orders while minimizing the risk of increased spread of the virus.|
Although no decisions have been made on how we will reopen our state, here are some expectations based on what has already been said by state officials and public health experts:
Workplace Masks/Face Coverings Now Mandatory: Beginning 8 pm Monday, April 20, all employees must wear a face mask or face cloth covering at all times in the workplace.
Employers are required to issue masks or cloth face coverings to employees.
If that is not possible because of shortages or supply chain difficulties, employers must provide materials—or compensate employees for the cost—to make their own and share the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for making cloth face coverings.
Masks or face coverings are not required if wearing one compromises the health or safety of an employee because of a medical condition. An employee is not required to produce medical documentation in such a case.
Customers must also wear cloth face coverings while on premises. Businesses may provide face coverings to customers and visitors. The medical exemption applies for customers, with additional guidance for children.
The state also revised its rules for Connecticut retail stores, and now requires masks or face coverings for employees and customers.
CBIA has put together an excellent list of resources for workplace safety standards, including this new requirement. Click here to check it out.
Federal Small Business Relief Programs Out of Money: You've probably heard by now that the two main small business relief programs from the CARES Act have run out of money. The Senate may still vote today on a bill adding:
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