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From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York’s more than 2 million essential workers have been on the front lines, helping to keep the rest of us safe. Whether they’re employed in hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores, retail chains, Amazon warehouses, our mass transit system or elsewhere, these brave workers have been most vulnerable to the lethal virus.

All essential workplaces should be required to meet these health and safety standards to reduce the spread of COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. Aggressive enforcement of the new law would ensure a level playing field for employers who comply, and force bad actors to pay fines and face other costs.

It was never enough to call New York’s essential frontline workers heroes. Those words are empty unless they’re backed by action.


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