On April 30, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order extending Illinois’ Stay-at-Home mandate to May 30. The order, effective May 1, also contains a number of new requirements for employers. The key takeaways are below:
- All Employers with Employees On-Site Must Post New Safety Poster
Any business with employees physically reporting to the work site must post guidance regarding workplace safety during the COVID-19 emergency. The required posting is available here.
Additional workplace safety posters are available from OSHA and the CDC.
- Employers Should Facilitate Remote Work “When Possible”
All businesses must evaluate whether employees are able to work from home and are encouraged to facilitate remote work from home when possible.
- Employers Must Provide Face Coverings to Employees Where Social Distancing Unavailable
Employer must provide employees with appropriate face coverings and require that employees wear face coverings where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not possible. When work circumstances require, employers must provide employees with other protective equipment in addition to face coverings.
- New Social Distancing Guidelines for Manufacturers
Essential manufacturers that continue to operate are required to follow social distancing requirements and take “appropriate precautions.” These precautions may include:
- providing face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain a minimum six-foot social distance at all times;
- staggering shifts;
- reducing line speeds;
- operating only essential lines, while shutting down non-essential lines;
- ensuring that all spaces where employees may gather, including locker rooms and lunchrooms, allow for social distancing; and
- downsizing operations to the extent necessary to allow for social distancing and to provide a safe workplace in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
- New Social Distancing Guidelines for Retail Stores
Essential retail stores that continue to operate must comply with the following requirements to the greatest extent possible:
- provide face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain a minimum six-foot social distance at all times;
- cap occupancy at 50 percent of store capacity, or, alternatively, at the occupancy limits based on store square footage set by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity;
- set up store aisles to be one-way where practicable to maximize spacing between customers and identify the one-way aisles with conspicuous signage and/or floor markings;
- communicate with customers through in-store signage, and public service announcements and advertisements, about the social distancing requirements set forth in this Order (Social Distancing Requirements); and
- discontinue use of reusable bags.
Non-essential retail stores may reopen for the limited purposes of fulfilling telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery. Employees working in the store must follow social distancing requirements and must wear a face covering when they may come within six feet of another employee or a customer.
For more resources and LP's response to COVID-19, visit this webpage.