Workers at farms and agribusinesses must wear masks as part of new coronavirus-prevention rules from Pennsylvania’s secretary of health.
Under the new order, which applies to all life-sustaining businesses in the state, employers must provide masks, but workers can also bring their own.
If the farm or agribusiness has a store, all customers are required to wear masks on premises unless they have a medical condition that prevents the use of a face covering. For those not wearing masks, food businesses must provide alternate methods of picking up and delivering goods.
Employers should also provide enough space for workers to be at least 6 feet apart when taking breaks, avoid holding meetings in person, block nonessential visitors, and when possible, stagger work start and stop times to prevent large groups of people from coming or going at the same time.
The order also includes procedures businesses must follow upon discovering exposure to someone who has a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Employees must receive temperature screening before starting work and be sent home if they are at 100.4 F or higher. Sick employees should follow federal recommendations on home isolation.
Businesses must also close off and ventilate areas visited by the sick person; wait 24 hours, or as long as practical, to clean and disinfect; clean common areas; and inform employees who were within 6 feet of the person for 10 minutes.
The rules went into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Failure to comply could result in a citation or fine.
The full order is posted at bit.ly/MaskOrderPA
Information about the order is available in Spanish at bit.ly/SpanishOrderPA
Instructions for making masks are at bit.ly/MakeMaskPA