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The NYS Department of Health has issued an emergency rule, effective Thursday July 9, 2020 ( available here ) that addresses the enforcement of several “social distancing” measures. 

Key points of this ruling are below:

  • Any employee who is present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear a mask or face-covering when in direct contact with customers or members of the public, or when unable to maintain social distance. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees.
  • Business operators and building owners, and those authorized on their behalf shall deny admittance to any person who fails to comply with this section and shall require or compel such persons’ removal. Provided, however, that this regulation shall be applied in a manner consistent with the federal American with Disabilities Act, New York State or New York City Human Rights Law, and any other applicable provision of law.
  • Face-coverings shall include, but are not limited to, cloth masks (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields.
The rule does specify that any individual violating any provision of this rule is subject to civil penalty up to $1,000 per violation, while businesses are subject to civil penalties specified in statute, up to $2,000 per day of violation.

Mask Signage:

Courtesy of the Essex County Health Department, this signage can be used at your business to help customers understand that masks are no longer an option and must be worn.


Politely Adirondack Signage:

Need signs for your business? Our partners at ROOST have developed a series of downloadable signage to politely encourage employees, customers and visitors to abide by new guidance.

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