We know there are many questions being raised now that businesses are opening throughout the state. PBA is providing you with an official link to the Governor's page that will answer some of your questions.
Among the topics covered in this official guidance, include:
QUESTION: Are masks required for operations where it would be unsafe to keep masks in place, or if an employee says they have anxiety and any mouth, nose covering can lead to panic attacks or other medical conditions?
ANSWER: Employees must wear masks unless the mask impedes their vision, if they have a medical condition that impedes the wearing of a mask, or if wearing a mask would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task.
QUESTION: Is it acceptable for workers to remove cloth face coverings when high temperatures and humidity may create unsafe conditions for operations?
ANSWER: Yes. An employee does not need to wear a mask if it impedes their vision, if they have a medical condition, or if it would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task, including during hot and humid conditions.
Face shields should be considered as an acceptable alternative to face masks when high temperatures and humidity create unsafe conditions. Additionally, social distancing measures should be enforced when conditions are unsafe for wearing a mask and/or face shield. Employers should utilize discretion when determining unsafe conditions.
QUESTION: Does the masking requirement apply to workers who are outdoors, and who engage in heavy physical activity, such as employee of solid waste companies and landscapers?
ANSWER: Yes. However, an employee does not need to wear a mask if it impedes their vision, if they have a medical condition, or if it would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task.
QUESTION: The commonwealth’s masking requirement differs from the CDC guidance on masking, which requires masking only when employees cannot maintain social distancing?
ANSWER: The Governor and Secretary of Health have chosen to employ safety measures beyond the CDC. Employees must wear masks at all times except when isolated from others in a private space or when it adversely affects their health.
There are several other answers to specific questions. We encourage all members to review the guidance. Please visit the FAQ section of the Governor's website here.
PBA encourages members to review all of the applicable guidance from the state and adopt safety policies only after you have determined how that guidance applies to your particular situation and your individual employees.