With large numbers of people returning to work after New York City deployed Phase 3 of its reopening last week, many have raised concerns about the need to prevent workplaces from becoming COVID-19 contagion hotspots.
At a demonstration held in Jackson Heights last week, Maritiza Silva-Farrell, director of the non-profit ALIGN NY, said protections for essential workers – many of whom are Latino and Black – are still far from ideal.
“COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising to new heights across the country. Yet, our essential workers – mostly black and Latino workers – remain inadequately protected months after the New York shutdown,” the activist said in a statement. “How many more deaths among our frontline workers is it going to take to provide basic, common-sense protections?”
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