COVID-19 State and Local Updates
Oklahoma: Gov. Stitt released an “Open Up and Recover Safely” plan that calls for reopening some non-essential retail businesses between April 24 and May 1, with a goal of lifting restrictions further by May 15. Employers in Oklahoma are asked to keep common areas closed, practice social distancing and minimize non-essential travel.
Updated April 23 @ 10:50 AM
States continue to roll out plans to reopen businesses, as well as establish requirements regarding social distancing and wearing face masks. Any questions, please contact me at email@example.com.
California: San Francisco recently issued a new rule requiring the use of face coverings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Individuals now must wear a face covering when they are:
- Waiting in line to go inside a store;
- Shopping at a store;
- On public transportation (or waiting for it);
- In a taxi or rideshare vehicle;
- Seeking healthcare;
- Going into facilities allowed to stay open, like government buildings; and
- Working an essential job that interacts with the public
It is expected that other Bay Area counties will establish similar rules and practices.
Texas: Dallas, Bexar (San Antonio) and Travis (Austin) counties are requiring face coverings at work. While Dallas’s order does not specify whose responsibility it is to ensure that affected employees do in fact wear face coverings, Bexar county’s order explicitly states that the employer is responsible for providing face coverings and for training in their use. Similarly, the Travis County order provides that employers shall ensure compliance with the face covering requirements.
Beginning Friday, April 24, non-essential retail services may reopen by utilizing a “retail-to-go” model. That means that goods and services may be provided through pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep in strict compliance with requirements developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
The agency has issued guidance for employers, employees and customers of reopened retail services. Based on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the DSHS mandates that all employees of reopened retailers must:
- Be trained on environmental cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette;
- Be screened before entry into the business for new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, fever or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19;
- Wash or sanitize hands upon entering the business premises;
- Wear face coverings; and
- Maintain at least six feet of separation between one another.
Marcia Kinter is the Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs at PRINTING United Alliance. Ms. Kinter oversees the development of resources for the Association addressing environmental, safety & health, and sustainability issues. She represents the printing industry, as well as their associated supplier base, before federal and state regulatory agencies on environmental, safety and other government issues directly impacting the printing industry.
In 2008, Kinter, in conjunction with colleagues from other printing trade associations, was instrumental in launching the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership program. The SGP Program is a registry system for printing facilities that includes third party verification. The program successfully launched as an independent organization in August 2008.
Kinter is a member of and serves as Secretary for the Academy of Screen Printing Technology. In 2001, Kinter received the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award for significant advancement of environmental awareness in the graphic arts industry.
Before joining PRINTING United Alliance, Kinter worked for The American Waterways Operators, Inc., the national association for the barge and towing industry.
She holds bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.