Due to Arizona’s recent COVID-19 statistics, several counties, cities, and towns across the state have instituted a variety of mask or face covering requirements for both public and enclosed spaces. The result is a patchwork of different ordinances, proclamations, and executive orders depending on where you operate within the state. This can get complicated quickly for those employers who have locations throughout the state. Our colleagues at the League of Arizona Cities and Towns have posted a summary page that contains links to several counties, cities, and towns that is worth referencing to help you make sense of it all.
For example, in Maricopa County, the regulation sets a minimum standard that allows individual cities, towns, or public or private entities to enact additional restrictions, and many have done so. Maricopa County’s regulation became effective at midnight on Saturday, June 20th, and remains in effect until further notice. Some highlights from the regulations include:
- People older than six must wear masks in enclosed public spaces (where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained)
- All riders and operators on public transportation must wear a mask
- Staff working in public spaces (such as restaurants or stores) must wear masks
Pima and Yuma Counties have also issued countywide regulations.
The Office of the Governor has also provided a summary of requirements for businesses statewide that includes general guidance to limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis has extended the state of disaster emergency. It will now expire thirty days from June 19th, 2020, unless amended further by Executive Order. In addition, he directed the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to issue a public health order requiring that employees, contractors, and others providing services where employees, contractors, or others who interact in close proximity to wear medical or non-medical cloth face coverings over the mouth and nose.
Similar to Arizona, Colorado’s mask orders depend on city, county, and industry. You can find contact information for local health offices here. You can find links to guidance for mask-wearing and other safety requirements per sector here. They have updated/recent entries for agriculture, indoor events, outdoor events, and residential camps.
You can find Utah state and local orders here, and tiered guidance based on risk and industry here. Additionally, Utah is offering free masks to residents who don’t have resources to obtain one on their own through the A Mask for Every Utahn program.
In all states, employers should consider the implications for their employees concerning the physical space and surroundings in the workplace, as well as the expectations and support they will offer for coworker and customer interactions. Considerations specific to face coverings include:
- Are they required by your local or county ordinance/regulation, or industry, and under what conditions?
- If yes, what is considered an acceptable face covering? Will you, as the employer, be providing them or asking employees to cover that expense?
- If you aren’t requiring face coverings but are recommending them instead, what expectations have been set and communicated to employees concerning acceptable color, quality, graphics, etc.?
- What guidance, if any, will you offer to support proper protocol for donning/ doffing and cleaning? The Centers for Disease Control provides a couple of great posters for free download that can be posted throughout the workplace: How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering and Important Information About Your Cloth Face Coverings.
We posted a blog article recently about navigating discussions that could erupt related to the topic of face coverings in the workplace.
These are challenging times, and at Employers Council, we are working hard to provide you practical and timely information, guidance, and support. Please contact us to assist with your specific questions and concerns.