With national and local economies slowly reopening in the aftermath of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided special guidance to agricultural employers who provide shared housing to their workforce.
How can employers stop the spread of COVID-19?
Employers should offer basic guidance about COVID-19, and steps they are taking to prevent transmission, in languages farmworkers understand. Family members should be kept together in housing facilities. Grouped or cohorted workers can be considered a single household or family.
Most importantly, employers should provide a dedicated and isolated space for farmworkers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. That unique space should include sleeping quarters, kitchens and restrooms. This will allow workers to recover without infecting others.
What sanitation measures can employers put in place?
To enhance sanitation within shared housing, employers should:
To ensure living quarters are disinfected, employers should make sure:
To ensure cooking and eating areas, bathrooms and laundry facilities are disinfected, employers should provide:
How can employers encourage social distancing?
Employers should support social distancing at all times farmworkers are housed in employer-provided housing. This includes when workers are recreating, cooking and sleeping. To achieve this, employers should:
What other measures should employers consider?
Please contact Brandon Davis or any other member of Phelps’ Labor and Employment team if you have questions or need compliance advice and guidance. For more information related to COVID-19, see Phelps’ COVID-19: Client Resource Portal.