Everyone should leave at least 1.5 meters
to the person closest to them. Where a task cannot be accomplished working alone, workers can limit their exposure by forming a "work team" in which people routinely work together, but they keep their distance from everyone else. Hand Washing.
Workers should wash their hands for twenty seconds at least every 60 minutes, and dry thoroughly with a disposable towel or dryer. As a backup, workers may use sanitizer containing at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol when a sink is not available. Workers should also wash their hands at the beginning and end of each shift and break, after using the restroom, sneezing, touching their face, blowing their nose, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, smoking, eating, or drinking. Gloves.
Gloves made of vinyl or similar non-absorbent material that allows fine motor function without possibility of contaminating the wearer's hands should be worn when conducting health checks on workers or patrons, when handling food, tickets, or any items on which infection can be transmitted, and when using cleaning or disinfecting products. Workers should be trained on the proper use of gloves, including frequency of disposal and hand-washing based on the worker's specific duties, to avoid spreading the virus in high-touch areas. Face Coverings.
Physical respiratory protection such as a cloth face covering should be worn whenever people are 1.5 meters of each other because (a) COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets and (b) a significant number of infected people will show no outward symptoms of illness. Face covering requirements should be task-specific and include instruction on proper use.
- Wash your hands before putting on a face covering.
- Put the same side against your face each time to avoid wearing the "contaminated side" against your nose and mouth.
- Remove your face covering using the straps to avoid touching the part that protects your face.
- Wash cloth face coverings after each use, and wear other masks only according to the manufacturer's specifications
Personal Protective Equipment ("PPE")
Employers should ensure that in addition to face coverings and gloves, workers and volunteers have PPE appropriate for their work, and that vendors and independent contractors provide and use their own.
Temperature Screening. Each point of entry, both front and back of house, should be monitored by workers trained and approved under the Infection Mitigation Coordinator's supervision. These workers will conduct temperature screening using 'no-touch' thermometers approved by the Infection Mitigation Coordinator. Anyone displaying a temperature over 38.0 C should be taken to a private area for a secondary temperature screening. Workers or patrons confirmed to have a higher temperature should be denied entry and directed to appropriate medical care. Safety plans should include a refund policy and protocols how to handle groups where one member is denied entry. Practices for Sick Workers and Volunteers.
Touching Your Face. Workers should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. Microphones, headphones, and other personal equipment should not be shared, and should be sanitized before and after each use.
Cough and Sneeze Etiquette. Workers should cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available, followed by thorough handwashing.
The following recommended practices for sick workers presume a degree of supervisor oversight and control over employees that may be difficult with independent contractors. Where possible, companies should consider incorporating health and safety requirements into their independent contractor agreements.
Workers must notify their supervisor and stay home from work if they have symptoms of acute respiratory illness consistent with COVID-19 – such as fever, cough, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or shortness of breath – that is not explained by another medical or allergic condition.
If a worker exhibits symptoms of acute respiratory illness upon arrival to work, or becomes sick during the day, their supervisor must separate them from other workers and patrons and send them home or to a designated isolation area immediately.
The supervisor should document the circumstances of the worker's illness to help with contact tracing, as applicable.
Workers with symptoms of acute respiratory illness associated with COVID-19 may return to work after (a) home isolation for 14 days since their first symptoms or positive test, and (b) medical authorization.