What should you do if your workplace refuses to temporarily close during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, but you don't feel safe going there?

Updated on : December 7, 2021 by Jonathan Walsh



What should you do if your workplace refuses to temporarily close during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, but you don't feel safe going there?

You did not state the nature of your work, so it is difficult to give specific suggestions. However, you can take the precautions that have been given to the general public and adapt them to your workplace.

Be prepared for inconvenience and for things not to happen the way you would have wanted them to. This is something that everyone will experience as we work through this time of concern.

  • Ask if there is a way to reduce your hours or work when there are fewer people on site. Think about your job to identify whether or not it would be possible to work from home, even if
Keep reading

You did not state the nature of your work, so it is difficult to give specific suggestions. However, you can take the precautions that have been given to the general public and adapt them to your workplace.

Be prepared for inconvenience and for things not to happen the way you would have wanted them to. This is something that everyone will experience as we work through this time of concern.

  • Ask if there is a way to reduce your hours or work when there are fewer people on site. Think about your work to identify whether or not it would be possible to work from home, even if it is only one day a week or a couple of hours a day. Every hour that you are not on the site is one hour less that you are exposed to what worries you.
  • Practice social distancing with your colleagues, the public, and your boss. Do the best you can with this; Be creative if you have to. Don't be rude about it and don't think too much about it; keep your distance between yourself and other people.
  • Talk to your colleagues to discuss what action you can agree to take as a group to protect each of you in the workplace. Hope that not everyone agrees with your level of concern. Find common ground and work from there.
  • Sanitize your phone and work area at the beginning of each day and again at the end of the day (don't forget doorknobs, desk drawer pulls, countertops, etc.). Follow the instructions on the product. Repeat throughout the day if your work area is used by other people touching things that you should also touch. If you've shared items, clean them with a disinfectant periodically throughout the day.
  • If you work with the public, sanitize the items they should touch while interacting with you. Examples may include credit card machines and the pens that are used for signatures; or clipboard; or touch screens; or handles used to open doors or cabinets; or arms on chairs in a waiting room.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Below is a 1 minute video on hand movements to use to wash your hands effectively.
  • Don't touch your face. The entry points for the coronavirus are the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Bring your own lunch and drinks and eat at your desk or find a place to eat that allows you to practice social distancing.
  • Encourage team or group meetings to be kept to a minimum in duration and frequency (I realize that you are not likely to be the boss, but you may ask what everyone can do to help make meetings faster or more are needed less frequently).
  • If your job requires you to wear gloves, learn how to remove them properly without getting germs on your skin in the process (see the video resources below with great demos).
  • If your job doesn't require you to wear gloves but you want to, use them correctly. Remember that while gloves protect YOU, they do not protect others from the germs on the outside of your gloves. Unless you are in the medical field and are properly trained, do not touch anyone with your gloves. If you must touch someone while wearing your gloves, ask permission first. Don't indiscriminately touch things in your workplace while wearing your gloves. You still need to be aware of others and the impact your actions will have on them. Overconfidence in gloves means that through your actions, you and your gloves could end up spreading more germs than you would if you didn't wear gloves.
  • If you can avoid it, don't use your vacation or sick time to stay home unless you have a specific reason to do so. Save these benefits for when you need them most.

If you find that these measures are not reassuring and you are afraid to go to work, you will need to consider what this will mean for your job. Don't make a decision without thinking carefully about how you will manage if you lose your job because you don't come to work.

I hope this is helpful to you and I wish you all the best in your quest to stay safe at work.

MEANS

Here are two short videos on how to properly remove and dispose of gloves so germs don't get on your hands:

  1. How to remove used gloves safely
  2. How to Remove Disposable Gloves Safely

Here's a 1-minute video on hand movements for good hand washing to kill germs:

I am pretty sure that the legislation passed answers many of these questions. However, this is uncharted territory. Personally, unless I was in an area with a high level of the virus, I would go to work, as long as I did not have to be around people. Many, many people ask the same question as you. I can't give you a solid answer, but let me share some of my thoughts.

Obviously, we need to keep the country going and keep everyone safe. If you are in a high risk category for the virus (like being an older person like me) and you work in an area where it is really bad (like N

Keep reading

I am pretty sure that the legislation passed answers many of these questions. However, this is uncharted territory. Personally, unless I was in an area with a high level of the virus, I would go to work, as long as I did not have to be around people. Many, many people ask the same question as you. I can't give you a solid answer, but let me share some of my thoughts.

Obviously, we need to keep the country going and keep everyone safe. If you are in a high risk category for the virus (like being an older person like me) and you work in an area where it is really bad (like New York), I think you should discuss some kind of alternative situation with your employer. If the employer doesn't back down, you should do what you think is best to stay safe. If you are not close (in proximity) to people at work, and you are fairly healthy, and you take all the precautions set out by the CDC, and you are still afraid of the virus, then you may need to justify yourself. You can decide to stay home and most people won't blame you. Yes, you can lose your job, but if your company receives money from the government, you get paid to keep employees and if you start laying off people,

I do not have all the answers. I would say look up the answers on government sites or contact your representative in Congress. Talk to your boss. I think that in a situation like this, a person should talk to their employer in an honest way and see if there is any way to make you feel safe. Understand that there are many, many people who will use the virus as an excuse to cash a paycheck and not work. Such people may even be seen trying to have fun because they don't have to work. Employers must consider this as they try to keep their businesses running and protect employees.

Do you have children who are home after school? I think the president's bill covers parents who have to stay home with young children. Leek please. I wish him well and hope and pray that he comes to some peace with this decision.

Do what is best for your health if you are committed to IMMUNE and apply for FMLA leave (12 weeks NO PAY) and STAY at home. Contact your doctor, if necessary when your fever is above 103 degrees or you have trouble breathing OR go to the emergency room.

If you are unengaged, healthy and under 50, wear a mask, diligently maintain SOCIAL DISTANCE at all times, stop shaking hands and hugging, clean your equipment in the office several times an hour, wash your hands every hour and PRAY! When you return home, completely undress at the front door, drop all your clothes into the washing machine immediately (HOT WATER), co

Keep reading

Do what is best for your health if you are committed to IMMUNE and apply for FMLA leave (12 weeks NO PAY) and STAY at home. Contact your doctor, if necessary when your fever is above 103 degrees or you have trouble breathing OR go to the emergency room.

If you are unengaged, healthy and under 50, wear a mask, diligently maintain SOCIAL DISTANCE at all times, stop shaking hands and hugging, clean your equipment in the office several times an hour, wash your hands every hour and PRAY! When you return home, completely undress at the front door, drop all your clothes into the washing machine immediately (HOT WATER), take a full shower immediately, and wash your hands again after bathing.

Stop touching your face and wash your hands constantly and clean your home with CLOROX wipes 2 to 3 times a day. HR DIRECTOR

I suspect that he will eventually be forced to do so. In the meantime.

Can you apply for work at home status?

Not. Do something: a scarf, a kerchief, anything that prevents you from touching your face. I just realized that fencing masks, catcher helmets, and football helmets, even Halloween masks would work in this regard.

Carry a spray bottle with about 5-10% bleach solution and sterilize all work surfaces that you are likely to touch regularly. Over-the-counter products like 409 would also be effective in this regard.

Do not touch people and, if you can, stay at least six feet from them.

Keep reading

I suspect that he will eventually be forced to do so. In the meantime.

Can you apply for work at home status?

Not. Do something: a scarf, a kerchief, anything that prevents you from touching your face. I just realized that fencing masks, catcher helmets, and football helmets, even Halloween masks would work in this regard.

Carry a spray bottle with about 5-10% bleach solution and sterilize all work surfaces that you are likely to touch regularly. Over-the-counter products like 409 would also be effective in this regard.

Do not touch people and, if you can, stay at least six feet from them at all times. A raised hand in the ✋ position can be helpful in getting your message across. If you can fake a dry cough, that would be extremely effective.

Ask your emoloyer to take everyone's temperature on a daily basis and suggest, as soon as someone presents one, that everyone is likely exposed and to take it into consideration.

And of course, wash your hands, well and regularly.

(I am an American).

Well, I've always been a reasonable risk taker, and did much more dangerous things than that in my life when I was younger. So I would have gone to work and put on plastic gloves, which I started doing now when I was shopping. Regarding the above statement, I never did anything that I didn't think I could safely accomplish, even at risk.

During my long career (counseling / psychology in the private sector and later in the public sector), I generally chose positions that paid well but were difficult positions that most people would have avoided (such as working with difficult populations that were in

Keep reading

(I am an American).

Well, I've always been a reasonable risk taker, and did much more dangerous things than that in my life when I was younger. So I would have gone to work and put on plastic gloves, which I started doing now when I was shopping. Regarding the above statement, I never did anything that I didn't think I could safely accomplish, even at risk.

During my long career (counseling / psychology in the private sector and later in the public sector), I generally chose positions that paid well but were difficult positions that most people would have avoided (such as working with difficult populations that were in mental institutions or prisons). This ensured job security and more opportunities (I am now retired). It was also the type of work that did the most good for my community.

One must not be reckless, of course, and must think about the pros and cons of doing something that others might avoid. My wife is also like me in these respects ……… since we are retirees with empty nests, there is no problem in this for us.

"Fortune favors the bold" (but not the fools). It's a fine line, of course.

If you do not feel safe, or if you are vulnerable because of health problems, refuse to enter. You also have the option to do it with a mask. although the protection they provide is debatable.

But if you firmly believe that it is a bad idea to go to work now, no one can blame you, so you should speak or write to your employer and explain. Make it clear that you want to keep your job, that you don't have a problem with your job, but during this pandemic you don't feel safe.

I think after this pandemic passes, there will be lawsuits against employers who got rid of the people they rebutted.

Keep reading

If you do not feel safe, or if you are vulnerable because of health problems, refuse to enter. You also have the option to do it with a mask. although the protection they provide is debatable.

But if you firmly believe that it is a bad idea to go to work now, no one can blame you, so you should speak or write to your employer and explain. Make it clear that you want to keep your job, that you don't have a problem with your job, but during this pandemic you don't feel safe.

I believe that after this pandemic passes, there will be lawsuits against employers who got rid of people who refused to enter, as well as lawsuits from personnel who were forced to enter, who contracted the virus and had to be hospitalized.

employers have a duty to care for staff. if they don't, they are breaking the law.

in fact, I noticed that Holland and Barrett's stores are still open, and I thought "what idiots", because they have online shopping available, so they don't need the store staff to come in. Yet they are. all the others are closed which is not a supermarket, but they are not. yes, they sell some food, but it is not the same. embarrassing, really.

The new federal law, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, does not address whether you feel safe going to work if your business is open. However, if you are not employed by a health care facility, grocery store, pharmacy, or emergency response team, you may be able to cite other reasons why work is hindered.

If you have a child whose school or daycare is closed, and your employer has fewer than 500 employees, you can request to take paid time off under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.

If you are caring for a friend or family member who has Covid-19 or is quarantined for C

Keep reading

The new federal law, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, does not address whether you feel safe going to work if your business is open. However, if you are not employed by a health care facility, grocery store, pharmacy, or emergency response team, you may be able to cite other reasons why work is hindered.

If you have a child whose school or daycare is closed, and your employer has fewer than 500 employees, you can request to take paid time off under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.

If you are caring for a friend or family member who has Covid-19 or is quarantined for symptoms similar to Covid-19, you may be able to take leave under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.

You can also ask your employer if you have the option of working from home. If you don't ask, you may not know if this is an option for oyu or other employees.

You should ask why you don't feel safe. Are your employers following the government's recommendations? If not, speak with them or with some authority, although if you follow this last course, be prepared to leave your company without references.

Are you feeling insecure due to a realistic concern, or are you letting social media fans get into your head? There is a lot of panic and misinformation around, none of that is helpful. The financial result of this is more likely to cause problems than the disease itself.

Wash your hands, do not touch your face, and if you are really worried

Keep reading

You should ask why you don't feel safe. Are your employers following the government's recommendations? If not, speak with them or with some authority, although if you follow this last course, be prepared to leave your company without references.

Are you feeling insecure due to a realistic concern, or are you letting social media fans get into your head? There is a lot of panic and misinformation around, none of that is helpful. The financial result of this is more likely to cause problems than the disease itself.

Wash your hands, don't touch your face, and if it really worries you, bring some antiseptic wipes. Avoid close personal contact. Anything else is probably overdoing it.

A2A

Washing your hands is the single most effective thing you can do to avoid getting sick (how soap absolutely kills coronavirus).

Your business is not required to close, nor is it required to provide paid leave, depending on its size, due to changes with recent Congressional bills.

Personally, I am not concerned. The chances of contracting something are relatively small, as long as you follow CDC guidelines (wash your hands!) And avoid places where sick people who are not courteous congregate: public transportation, stores, medical centers, etc.

Wearing a sick mask is not really

Keep reading

A2A

Washing your hands is the single most effective thing you can do to avoid getting sick (how soap absolutely kills coronavirus).

Your business is not required to close, nor is it required to provide paid leave, depending on its size, due to changes with recent Congressional bills.

Personally, I am not concerned. The chances of contracting something are relatively small, as long as you follow CDC guidelines (wash your hands!) And avoid places where sick people who are not courteous congregate: public transportation, stores, medical centers, etc.

Wearing a sick mask doesn't really help keep you from getting sick, as you can still spread the virus on your skin and clothing. Masks are best for people who are already sick from transmitting the virus through breathing, sneezing, coughing, etc.

The hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol, and regular soap is easier to get.

If a coworker is sick, mostly with a fever (since that's one of the key factors in COVID), that person should go home.

At this point, without being a healthcare worker or lifeguard, most non-essential businesses are closing. Frankly, there is no reason to be afraid if you are healthy, eat well, sleep well, this virus is not going to cause you much pain! You will have mild or maybe a little milder cold symptoms, but that's it! People live in fear that it is not necessary! Only those who have respiratory problems and underlying health problems will be affected! Everyone else don't worry!

That really depends. If your workplace is deemed non-essential and you have been officially told to close, you can refuse to enter on that basis. If you are essential, you can look and see if there is any reason to consider yourself particularly vulnerable, such as if you live or are older and belong to a vulnerable group. If so, you can talk to the boss and suggest that you don't feel safe and hopefully let you get away for that reason. Keep in mind that this can take more than a couple of weeks. Lastly, if all else fails, prepare to stay six feet from everyone, wash your hands frequently, and

Keep reading

That really depends. If your workplace is deemed non-essential and you have been officially told to close, you can refuse to enter on that basis. If you are essential, you can look and see if there is any reason to consider yourself particularly vulnerable, such as if you live or are older and belong to a vulnerable group. If so, you can talk to the boss and suggest that you don't feel safe and hopefully let you get away for that reason. Keep in mind that this can take more than a couple of weeks. Lastly, if all else fails, prepare to stay six feet from everyone, wash your hands frequently, and clean surfaces and things you touch.

Other Guides:


GET SPECIAL OFFER FROM OUR PARTNER.