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Posted on: April 6, 2020

$300 Fine to Essential Businesses; Board of Health Emergency Order COVID-19 Directives

Mayor Daniel Rivera announces new essential business and employee directives from the Lawrence Board of Health. “The City of Lawrence Inspectional Services Department, with the Board of Health, will work directly with essential businesses to ensure the implementation of these directives,” said Mayor Daniel Rivera. “These new directives are an added step in ensuring essential businesses are able to operate while also keeping the work environment safe for essential employees.” Businesses found to be in violation of these directives will be subject to a civil fine of up to $300.00 per violation or a Criminal Complaint. Inspectional Services & Health Departments will conduct random searches and inspections daily. Businesses with questions regarding these new directives should call Inspectional Services at 978-620-3140 or email . 

Non Compliance = $300.00 Fine or a Criminal Complaint, or Emergency Cease & Desist 

Essential Businesses/Organizations shall:

  • Designate a Health and Safety Officer
  • Verify before every shift that each employee is not sick.
  • Tell symptomatic employees to stay home.
  • Tell non-essential employees to stay home.
  • Review OSHA “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19”.
  • Review “Essential Employee Guidance COVID-19 response”.
  • Post notice to employees:

       -Stay Home If Sick.

       -Wash and Sanitize Hands Often.

       -Maintain Social Distancing (6 feet).

  • Register business with City of Lawrence

Employees shall:

  • Stay home if sick.
  • Stay home if you are symptomatic, or have a fever, cough, sore throat, or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and quarantine for 14 days if someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Stay home and quarantine for 14 days if you were in “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Before every shift, certify that you are not sick.
  • Before work, check your temperature and stay home if temperature is over 100.3 degrees.

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