Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 192 establishing Covid-19 related mandatory health and safety standards.

When the Executive Order goes into effect as of 6:00 a.m. on November 5, 2020, it will require both private and public sector employers to follow health and safety protocols at their in-person workplace.

Most importantly, this order requires individuals to maintain at least six feet of distance from others to the maximum extent possible and to wear masks when entering the worksite, subject to certain limited exceptions. But there are other requirements included as well.  Here is a brief overview of the additional areas that are addressed in this executive order, which states that:

  • Approved sanitization materials must be made available to employees and visitors at no cost to them
  • Employees must be given sufficient break time to practice appropriate hand hygiene
  • The facility must be routinely cleaned and disinfect all high-touch areas in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines
  • Daily health checks must be administered prior to each shift including initiatives such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires, as is consistent with CDC guidance
  • All sick employees must be prohibited from being present in the workplace and must follow requirements of applicable leave laws
  • All employees must be notified of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the workplace

For further details, please visit the State of New Jersey, Office of the Governor’s website.