Intent to Adopt a Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention
Making this permanent is an unnecessary overreach in response to what is, ultimately, a temporary problem. The order is very specific to COVID-19, which, presumably, will eventually have a vaccine. Furthermore, the addition of new, onerous burdens placed on employers who are already struggling to keep their businesses going during a time when the government is preventing business as usual is outrageous. Most of us are working with significantly reduced revenue and higher cost of operations due to the restrictions the government has already created. We are all researching CDC and VDH guidelines for ways to make our businesses as safe as possible for our employees and customers. Adding additional government oversight and burdensome regulations – which often do not align with the guidelines from agencies with more insight into effective strategies for infectious disease control – is not in the best interest of anyone. It is also important to note that recommendations from CDC and VDH continue to change on a regular basis. It would be highly irresponsible to enact long term mandates based on a snapshot of an evolving situation.