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Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health Coronavirus (COVID-19)
447E Regulations related to SARS-CoV-2 at Public Accommodation Facilities
On August 5th of the 32nd Special Session held in 2020, the Nevada Legislature passed SB4. Governor Sisolak signed the bill into law August 11th, directing the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt regulations establishing minimum standards for cleaning and employee illness during any period the Governor declared a public health emergency related to SARS-CoV-2. The regulation went into effect August 31, 2020 and expires at the end of the emergency or on July 1, 2023, whichever is sooner. The regulations describe how facilities will adopt protocols and plans concerning the prevention and response to SARS-CoV-2 for counties whose population is 100,000 or more (currently, only Washoe and Clark Counties).
The Division of Public and Behavioral Health created a regulation to serve as guidance to ensure public and worker safety and limited the liability to the hospitality industry if they are in compliance with the regulations. The health and safety protocols were created in collaboration with community stakeholders.
The public accommodation facilities must demonstrate compliance by having a plan establishing policies and procedures, which implements protocols to limit the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, and ensures worker safety through:
- The use of approved cleaning products;
- Regular cleaning of high contact areas used by the public and employees;
- Methods to encourage physical distancing and structural barriers to reduce transmission rates;
- Ensure proper handwashing and sanitizer when handwashing is not feasible;
- Train staff concerning the prevention and mitigation of SARS-CoV-2;
- Monitor employee health;
- Provide for testing; and
- Provide paid time off for testing or sick leave for illnesses resulting from SARS-CoV-2.
The Local Health Authorities (LHAs) as applicable in SB4, Southern Nevada Health District and Washoe County Health District, are required to increase the frequency of inspections to ensure compliance with the written plans and impose fines for non-compliance.
SB4 Additional Guidance
How to report a work place hazard:
Complaints can be filed with Nevada OSHA by calling (702) 486-9020 in southern Nevada and (775) 688-3700 in northern Nevada.
Employee and Customer Health & Hygiene
- Enforce stringent hygiene practices for your staff, including frequent and thorough hand washing for at least 20 seconds at a time.
- Exclude ill employees and encourage sick members of the public to stay home.
- Provide customers with additional napkins or tissues to use when they cough or sneeze.
- Ensure that bathrooms are fully stocked with soap, towels/hand dryers, and no-touch trash receptacles and provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for customers to use. NOTE: alcohol-based hand rubs do NOT replace adequate handwashing when required for employees.
- Continue to follow the current industry regulations and best practices for your sector.
Exclusion and return to work for ill employees
- In addition to the normal restriction and exclusion requirements for your sector, follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Nevada Division of Public & Behavioral Health – Office of Public Health Informatics & Epidemiology (OPHIE) regarding employees with symptoms of respiratory infection or COVID-19 diagnosis.
- Workers that are possibly sick with the symptoms matching COVID-19 should stay home. If possible, employees with family members/caregivers with symptoms matching COVID-19 should also stay home. Signs and symptoms of infection with COVID-19 include fever (100.4°F or higher with an oral thermometer), cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
- Employees, managers, and other staff suspected of illness should not return to work until they are symptom-free. Current guidance is to stay home until at least 72 hours after symptoms have gone away AND at least seven days after symptoms began.
Thank you for your work to protect our communities and keep Nevada safe!