Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 192 (EO 192) that provided protections and worker rights to all New Jersey employees is no longer in effect. EO 192 required mitigation protocols, social distancing and mask-wearing amongst other things. With Executive Orders 242, 243 and the expiration of EO 192, social distancing and mask wearing is no longer required in most indoor and outdoor spaces and there are no capacity limits for businesses or worksites open to the public. Employees and customer (vaccinated or unvaccinated) are no longer required to wear a mask or social distance in areas of the dealership that are not open to the public.While employees and customers are no longer required to wear masks and social distance, dealerships CAN require stricter mask polices. Furthermore, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to protect workers from workplace hazards that can cause illness or injury and provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for their employees.
Dealerships should continue to encourage unvaccinated employees and customers to wear a mask and social distance especially indoors to stop the spread of COVID-19. Dealerships should also continue to protect employees and customers by implementing the following public health and safety recommendations:
- Businesses are encouraged to follow CDC safety guidelines and social distancing to save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Masks are not required for most indoor workplaces; however, businesses should encourage unvaccinated employees, customers, and guests to wear masks.
- If masks or gloves are required by employers, businesses are encouraged to provide them to employees.
- Businesses are encouraged to provide approved sanitization materials for employees and customers at no cost to those individuals.
- Employees should practice hand hygiene and employers should provide employees with sufficient break time for that purpose.
- Routine cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch areas of the showroom and service waiting areas is encouraged in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines.
- Sanitize vehicles before and after service, test drives and upon delivery.
- Prior to each shift, employers are encouraged to conduct daily health checks, such as temperature screenings, visual symptom checking, self-assessment checklists, and/or health questionnaires, consistent with CDC guidance.
- Employers are encouraged to keep sick employees from entering the workplace and follow requirements of applicable leave laws.
- Employers should encourage sick employees to stay home.
- Employers should promptly notify employees of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite.
NJ CAR recommends that, at a minimum, dealers should place signage at the entrance to the dealership and conspicuously inside the dealership that encourages all unvaccinated individuals to wear masks.
Additional information may be found at https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/reopening-guidance-and-restrictions/are-there-safety-guidelines-for-businesses-are-any-businesses-closed.