Reveal the business limitations of COVID-19-Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Over the past few weeks, as the number of vaccinated Americans has continued to grow, many jurisdictions have eased or even eliminated COVID-19 business restrictions and mask obligations. Most notably, on May 13, 2021, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the “Temporary Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.”1 (CDC Recommendation), which was a major catalyst for similar actions by state and local governments.
The CDC Recommendation states that fully vaccinated individuals should be masked or physically distanced under any circumstances, except as required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, regulations, or regulations. It states that it is no longer necessary to wear. Exceptions identified here include masking and social distance requirements established by local businesses and workplaces. In addition, the CDC Recommendation has updated the COVID-19 testing requirements to allow most fully vaccinated individuals to refrain from known post-exposure testing. The return to normal status established by the CDC guidance provides an important incentive for individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
As of May 19, 2021, maintaining the momentum generated by the CDC, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut lifted most of the COVID-19-related restrictions. Governor Cuomo recently announced that New York has officially adopted the CDC guidance. This confirms that the company can allow fully vaccinated individuals not to wear masks or social distances on the premises. Nonetheless, New York companies remain allowed to demand masks and social distance from patrons and employees on-site. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and be socially distant in most public places. In addition, most enterprise capacity limits, which were based on the percentage of the enterprise’s maximum capacity, have ended in New York. The only caveat here is that individuals still need to be socially distant unless they are completely vaccinated or have recently been negatively tested.2
New York policies apply to most commercial facilities such as offices, food services, retail stores, gyms, fitness centers and personal care services. However, since pre-K, 12 schools, public transport, nursing homes, medical facilities, etc. have been explicitly exempted from this new provision, following the existing COVID-19 health guidance: wearing masks and social distance. You have to obey. Until more New Yorkers are vaccinated.
For New York companies that implement CDC guidance, such as offices, retail stores, and food services, which operate under the current indoor rally limit of less than 250 people, fully vaccinated individuals should wear masks. You do not need to wear it or stay at a social distance, but you should continue to wear an unvaccinated personal mask and a social distance. With the flexibility welcomed by employers, companies are allowed to apply the CDC guidance to the entire facility or to another designated part thereof. In particular, companies operating under the limits of an indoor social gathering of 250 people may need proof of vaccination through paper forms, digital applications, or the Excelsior Pass in New York. Alternatively, the company may simply rely on self-reporting of vaccination status. That is., Honor system.
New Jersey has joined New York’s efforts by removing most capacity limits and mask mandates that apply to business environments such as food services, retail stores, offices, gyms and personal care services. Governor Murphy’s Executive Order confirms that as of May 28, 2021, most of New Jersey’s COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted in both public and private settings.3
Governor Lamont of Connecticut confirmed the end of the state’s business restrictions on May 19, 2021. As a result, (i) all sector rules have become guidance (except for the specific mask obligations described below). (Ii) The curfew at theaters, entertainment facilities, recreation facilities, and restaurants has all been lifted. (Iii) All capacity limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings have been completed. (Iv) Social distance remains necessary where possible. When it comes to Connecticut mask mandates, you don’t need a mask outdoors unless social distance isn’t possible. The use of indoor masks will continue. The Connecticut Public Health Service will issue additional guidance on continued use of masks at some point in the future.Four
Not only New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have adopted (or planned to adopt) CDC guidance, nor have they lifted many COVID-19 business restrictions.As an example, ColoradoFive (May 14th), Delaware6 (May 21st), Maryland7 (May 15), North Carolina8 (May 14), Ohio9 (May 14th) and Washington DCTen (May 21st) we have already announced that we will adopt CDC guidance. This has a significant impact on companies across the country, especially those dealing with inconsistent regional guidance and requirements as they operate in multiple states.
In fact, many counties, cities, and towns, such as Chicago, Illinois and Seattle, Washington, allow stricter requirements and masking obligations than the states in which they reside, allowing employers to monitor and confirm specific jurisdictions. Is essential. ‘guidance. In addition, given the rapid evolution of these COVID-19 restrictions and mask obligations, companies are advised to contact members of the Labor Employment Group if they have any questions.
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