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ALBANY — A newly enacted law will set enforceable health and safety standards for businesses in New York in an effort to protect workers against COVID or other airborne infectious diseases.

Gov. Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act, or NY HERO Act, into law late Wednesday, a major win for union supporters and essential workers who said the pandemic exposed the need for more stringent safety protocols.

“Too many workers have already sacrificed their health for our community’s benefit. The New York HERO Act will honor their efforts by giving workers the tools to protect themselves while on the job,” Gianaris said“I appreciate the efforts of so many advocates and organizers who made this success possible.”

The union-backed law directs the Department of Labor to issue airborne infectious disease standards for businesses that will include protocols on testing, face masks, personal protective equipment, social distancing and other measures.


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