This post was written by Jim O’ConnorRachel Felton and Justin Barron.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an Updated Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings. Under that Order, employees are required to wear a face covering when they are in the same space as another person, regardless of the physical distance between the two individuals.  In other words, employees must wear face coverings when they are in the same space, even if they are six or more feet apart.  The Order also requires employers to:

  • take reasonable steps to enforce the face covering requirement;
  • mitigate or eliminate employee or customer exposure to employees who cannot wear or refuse to wear a face covering;
  • post prominent signs that are visible to all people stating that face coverings are required by the Order of the Secretary of Health; and
  • provide reasonable accommodations to employees who have a medical condition that makes it unreasonable for the person to wear a face covering.

The full text of the Order is located here.

The members of the Metz Lewis Employment Law Group (Jim O’Connor, Rachel Felton, and Justin Barron) are available to assist and answer any questions.

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