NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR BUSINESS REOPENING
Today is the first day of Phase I business reopening under Governor Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative, and we wanted to make you aware of requirements all business will need to follow starting now according to the Executive Order released Sunday. You may notice that many of these requirements have changed since the initial announcement of business requirements for reopening. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce worked closely with the Beshear administration to ensure all requirements be practicable while keeping all employees and customers safe. Many of the recommendations we put forth are reflected in these revised requirements.
Here is a link to all minimum requirements all employers must meet starting May 11. Please also note there are new requirements for health and temperature screenings, including employees may self-administer a temperature screening at home.
All information can be found at healthyatwork.ky.gov.
We encourage ALL employers to make yourself aware of the new requirements to ensure we are able to get Kentucky’s economy back up and running while maintaining the safety of employees and customers.
Highlights to the new minimum requirements include:
1. Continue telework where possible.
2. Phased return to work.
3. Enforce social distancing.
4. Limit face-to-face interaction.
5. Universal masks and any other necessary PPE.
Universal Employee Masks: Businesses, organizations, and entities must ensure, to the greatest extent practicable, that their employees, volunteers, and contractors wear a cloth mask (a surgical or N95 mask is not required). A business, organization, or entity need not require an employee/volunteer/contractor to wear a mask when masking would create a serious health or safety hazard to the employee/volunteer/contractor, when the employee/volunteer/contractor is working alone in an enclosed space, or when the employee/volunteer/contractor is working alone in an area with more than six (6) feet of social distancing. Businesses and organizations shall provide PPE at no cost to employees and should offer instruction on proper use of masks and PPE.
Access To Gloves: Entities must ensure that employees whose job duties include touching items often touched by others (e.g., credit cards/cash, paper, computers) wear gloves that are regularly replaced. Entities should also follow the applicable CDC, OSHA, or other federal guidelines relating to gloves.
6. Adequate Hand Sanitizer and Encouraging Hand Washing.
7. Restrict Common Areas.
8. Proper Sanitation.
9. Conduct Daily Temperature/Health Checks.
Entities must require employees to undergo daily temperature and health checks; these checks may be either self-administered or administered by the entities prior to workplace entry. Self-administered temperature and health checks may be performed at home.
10. Create a Testing Plan.
11. Make Special Accommodations.
Entities must, to the greatest extent practicable, make special accommodations for employees and customers at higher risk for severe illness.
13. Educate and Train Employees.
Entities must educate and train all individuals, including employees, temporary employees, contractors, vendors, customers, etc., regarding the Healthy at Work protocols. This training must be offered during scheduled work times at no cost to the employee.
14. Contact Notification Responsibilities. Entities opened must be prepared to assist public health officials if an employee test positive or becomes exposed to COVID-19.
IMPORTANT KENTUCKY COVID-19 BUSINESS/COMMUNITY INFORMATION
Governor Releases Additional Industry Specific Reopen Guidance:
Reopening the Economy - A review of states' response to COVID-19:
Hand Sanitizer Request Form:
Antibody Testing For COVID-19 Now Available At Fastpace Health:
COVID-19 Testing Now Available at Caldwell Medical Center through Drive-Up COVID-19 testing. You can make an appointment by calling 270-365-0332.
The #PaycheckProtectionProgram is still accepting loan applications for small businesses impacted by #COVID19. Funding can be used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Learn more and find a participating lender.
Kentucky Businesses Reopening Requirements:
Kentucky Healthy At Work:
PPE Mask Order Form:
SBA Economic Emergency Disaster Loans:
What if an employee refuses to or cannot return to work when recalled, do they still get unemployment?
Work Refusal Form:
Download the Kentucky Employer Handbook for COVID-19: