Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the adoption of statewide emergency workplace safety standards in response to Covid-19, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
The standards will require all employers to mandate social distancing measures and face coverings for employees in customer-facing positions and when social distancing is not possible, provide frequent access to hand washing or hand sanitizer, and regularly clean high-contact surfaces.
In addition, new standards require all employees be notified within 24 hours if a coworker tests positive for the virus. Employees who are known or suspected to be positive for Covid-19 cannot return to work for 10 days or until they receive two consecutive negative tests.
The governor’s office called the standards the first-in-the-nation safety rules due to an “absence of federal guidelines,” the statement said.