The County of Maui encourages local businesses to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for information and guidance on protecting employees and others from COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.
The interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of the virus.
To review the CDC’s interim guidance, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html.
While the interim guidance provides businesses with preventative measures, the recently signed $8.3 billion coronavirus aid package allows for billions of dollars in low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans nationwide. The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship sent a formal letter and request to the SBA to detail its plan to support small business.
“We are currently looking at ways in which the County can assist our local businesses dealing with impacts from the coronavirus,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “As soon as we become aware of more information and help from the state and federal government, we will be passing this support to our small businesses.”
CDC recommended strategies employers can use now include:
The County of Maui also encourages local businesses to review Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and guidelines. Although the U.S. Department of Labor has not published a specific OSHA standard covering the coronavirus yet, existing requirements may help to prevent the spread of illness and maintain operations.
Employers and businesses can review Hawaii’s state plan standards by visiting https://www.osha.gov/stateplans/hi.
General information and resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus) can be found on the County of Maui’s website at mauicounty.gov. For primary sources of information and updates, please visit the State DOH website at https://health.hawaii.gov/ and CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/
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