COVID-19 Updates (Sept. 8)

Corona Article

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance continues to monitor workplace ordinances on a state-by-state basis amid the global pandemic. See the organization's recent update below:

Virginia: This measure requires certain employers report on coronavirus cases in the workplace. This measure requires employers to report for each worksite with 30 or more employees, or for any multi-employer worksite with 30 or more combined employees, to the local health department when the worksite has had five or more confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. The employer is required to make such report within 24 hours of becoming aware of such cases. The measure requires the State Department of Health to compile such reports and to make a weekly report available to the public with the compiled information. Status: Hearing scheduled.

Virginia: This measure amends state code to prohibit the Governor from extending or issuing any new executive orders declaring a state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This measure states that the Governor will be prohibited from extending or issuing any new executive orders declaring a state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This measure would take effect on the four months after the adjournment of the special session. Status: Hearing scheduled.

Virginia: This measure requires public and private employers to provide eligible employees paid quarantine leave. This measure provides that such paid quarantine leave is available for immediate use by the employee, regardless of how long the employee has been employed by the employer. Status: Hearing scheduled.

Iowa: This measure allows the following businesses to reopen as long as they comply with social distancing and hygienic guidelines: Restaurants and bars, Fitness centers, Casinos and gaming facilities, Senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities, Salons and Barbershops, Medical spas, Theaters and Performance Venues, Race tracks, Malls, museums, aquariums, zoos, libraries, indoor playgrounds, children's play centers, swimming pools, bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, amusement parks, campgrounds, tanning facilities, massage therapy establishments, tattoo establishments.

New York: Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that travel enforcement operations will begin to ensure travelers are following the state's quarantine restrictions and to help contain the rates of COVID-19 transmission in New York State. The New York State Department of Health has issued an emergency health order mandating that all out-of-state travelers from designated states complete the DOH traveler form upon entering New York. Travelers who leave the airport without completing the form will be subject to a $2,000 fine and may be brought to a hearing and ordered to complete mandatory quarantine. Additionally, travelers arriving in the state by car, train, or bus will be required to fill out the form online. Governor Cuomo has amended this order to quarantine to add and remove travelers from several states. Those who break the voluntary quarantine could be subject to mandatory quarantine or pay fines up to $10,000 if they cause harm.

Louisiana: This executive order extends the Phase Two and the statewide mask requirements. The Governor also orders the closure of bars to on-site consumption, modifies the gathering size limits, and allows the chief law enforcement officer of any political subdivision to issue a curfew. The order provides that individuals who are at higher risk of getting COVID-19 should stay at home unless traveling outside of the home for an essential activity. Gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people.

You can continue to visit PHTA's website for reopening resources and guidance.

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