BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen has filed a resolution to suspend the license of any business not allowing employees to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a mask and gloves, in the workplace.
Pridgen says he has received reports that essential businesses are not allowing their employees to wear PPE during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The resolution was filed with the Department of Permit and Inspection Services, the suspension would be in effect until the business becomes compliant with CDC protocols.
Pridgen has also sent a letter to New York Governor Cuomo and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz requesting Executive Orders be issued to make it illegal to prohibit employees from wearing PPE in the workplace, unless the business has a stated safety-related reason to be an exception.
An online petition to demand essential workers have the right to wear PPE has been started by Pridgen, you can view that petition here.