I write in strong support of the proposed permanent standard to help protect Virginia workers from the COVID-19 virus. It is clear the virus is not going away anytime soon. A permanent standard would not only protect Virginia's hard-working employees during the current Corona Virus Pandemic, but would also help should a new and different pandemic occur in the future.
A clear, science-based standard from a single agency would give the necessary guidance to employers and workers alike during this and future pandemics. It is clear that all Virginia workers require these needed protections and I respectfully urge the Safety and Health Codes Board to move quickly to adopt a strong, permanent standard.