New Department of Health order provides cleaning and maintenance guidance

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A new order signed by Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine Sunday is aiming to provide direction for maintaining and cleaning buildings of businesses deemed life-sustaining by the administration.

“Based upon the manner of COVID-19’s spread in the commonwealth and in the world, and its danger to Pennsylvanians, I have determined that the appropriate disease control measure is the direction of building safety measures as outlined in this order to prevent and control the spread of disease,” Dr. Levine wrote in a statement.

According to the Building Safety Measures order, “Cleaning, disinfecting and other maintenance and security services performed by building service employees are critical to protecting the public health by reducing COVID-19 infections in the commonwealth.”

The measures outlined in the order are for owners of buildings of at least 50,000 square feet used for commercial, industrial or other enterprises. This includes facilities such as warehouses, manufacturers, commercial offices, airports, grocery stores, universities, colleges, hotels, and residential buildings with at least 50 units.

In addition to maintaining pre-existing cleaning protocols, the order outlines these new protocols:

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch areas routinely in accordance with CDC guidelines, in spaces that are accessible to customers, tenants, or other individuals.
  • Maintain pre-existing cleaning protocols established in the facility for all other areas of the building.
  • Ensure that the facility has a sufficient number of employees to perform the above protocols effectively and in a manner that ensures the safety of occupants and employees.
  • Ensure that the facility has a sufficient number of security employees to control access, maintain order, and enforce social distancing of at least 6 feet, provided the security employees are otherwise responsible for such enforcement.

The order goes into effect at 12:01 am , April 6.

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