Governor Ned Lamont has issued an Executive Order requiring face coverings in certain situations in public, and in the workplace. The order is effective at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020. The Governor’s Executive Order required the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to update their Safe Workplace rules to incorporate the face covering order, and DECD has update those rules, which can be seen here.
The main points of the updated Safe Workplace rules are as follows:
Masks or Cloth Face Coverings Required
- Each employee shall be required to wear a mask or other cloth material that covers his or her mouth and nose at all times while in the workplace. Employers shall issue such masks or cloth face coverings to their employees. In the event an employer is unable to provide masks or cloth face coverings to employees because of shortages or supply chain difficulties, employers must provide the materials and CDC tutorial about how to create a cloth face covering, or compensate employees for the reasonable and necessary costs employees expend on such materials to make their own masks or cloth face covering.
- Nothing in these rules shall require the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition.
- If a person declines to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a medical condition as described above, such person shall not be required to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.
MTAC recommends that members complete a full review of the Safe Workplace rules, because it has additional rules and guidance on the following:
- Controlling contact between employees and other employees or customers
- Eliminating transmission points
- Guidelines for essential employees
- Guidelines for employees who had close contact with a person with symptoms of or have been diagnosed with COVID-19
- Guidelines for workplace illness, additional rules specific to construction sites