Dear Members of the Safety and Health Codes Board:
As a small business owner for over 20 years I have never faced a more challenging time. I write to you to ask you not to make it even more challenging by making the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) permanent.
My small business is committed to the safety and welfare of our customers, team members, and community. While the risk of COVID-19 transmission has not yet been eliminated, I harbor serious concerns that the currently enacted emergency measures are overly burdensome and will negatively affect our regional businesses’ ability to continue operating if made permanent. The travel regulations are not feasible to businesses operating in other states. The confusing and ambiguous language in the ETS, as well as ever-changing directives from various state and federal health authorities has made a hard job even harder.
My company works with the highest at risk population and we are diligently taking all prescribed precautions and we will continue to make good faith efforts to keep our employees safe and follow public health best practices. Please support your local businesses and reject any extension of the Emergency Temporary Standard.
David M Todd