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Workplaces in New York would be required to have in place minimum safety rules for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic under a measure set to be voted on by the state Senate on Monday.

The bill, known as the NY HERO Act, would require the state Department of Labor and Department of Health to implement the regulations, which would include protocols for testing, personal protective equipment, hand washing, social distancing, and engineering controls.

“Too many workers have already sacrificed their health for our community’s benefit," said Sen. Mike Gianaris. "The New York HERO Act will honor their efforts by giving workers the tools to protect themselves while on the job. I appreciate the support for this proposal from my colleagues in both houses and so many organizations throughout New York."

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