For all workers:
- Don’t go to work if you are feeling sick.
- Don’t shake hands when greeting others.
- Avoid large gatherings or meetings.
- Try to stay six feet away from others on job sites and in gatherings, meetings, and training sessions.
- Cover your mouth and nose with tissues if you cough or sneeze or do so into your elbow. And clean your hands after.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
Employers should also:
- Create at least 6 feet of space between workers by staging/staggering crews to prevent droplet spread.
- Plan for office staff to have the ability to work from home.
- Provide soap and running water on all jobsites for frequent hand-washing. If that is impossible, provide hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces on job sites and in offices — such as hand rails, door knobs, and portable toilets — frequently, per CDC guidelines: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community/organizations/cleaningdisinfection.html
In the long run:
- Across the state, worker organizations are fighting for emergency legislation that will:
- require all employers to offer 14 days of paid sick leave, with anti- retaliation protections for workers who are taking paid leave or are quarantined.
- Immediate protections for workers, including right of recall, ensuring employers do not use the crisis to unfairly fire workers, and securing worker retention in case companies are sold.
- Access to services and assistance for everyone, regardless of immigration status, to receive testing, treatment and all public resources available to combat this crisis.
- Housing protections to ensure a moratorium on rental evictions for residents and small businesses, as well as a moratorium on all foreclosures.
- Unemployment Insurance protections, including UI for all workers.