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Businesses required to fill out re-opening plan

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Posted at 10:25 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 22:25:17-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The state has set forth new guidelines for re-opening businesses to adhere to. The template, is a safety plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

"The guidelines posted are very specific," said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The plan includes physical distancing requirements, making sure everyone is able to work six feet apart and no confined spaces. In person gatherings must be limited and social distancing tape and markers or signs should be posted in common areas.

The guideline also says employers must provide an acceptable face covering at no cost to the employee and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of replacement.

Each business is required to provide a plan as to how an employer will limit shared objects. A cleaning log must be kept, and disinfecting should take place after every shift.

Employers will also be required to monitor employees with COVID-19 screenings, which could mean a temperature check before and after each shift.

Questions may be asked if an employee has had COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days, has tested positive or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

The governor says this plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval, but must be available on premisis in the event of an inspection.