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On Labor Day, the New York State Health Department declared COVID-19 a “highly contagious disease that presents a serious risk to public health.”

Advocates have been waiting for months for this certification so it can jumpstart the NY HERO Act.

The bill was signed by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year and businesses were required to have a workplace safety plan drafted and presented to employees.

Maritza Silva-Farrell, executive director for ALIGN, said protecting the health of employees will boost the state’s economic recovery.

“We have been dependent on these workers and giving them health and safety protections. The basic health and safety protections will allow for our economy to thrive across the country,” Silva-Farrell explained.

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