Grocery, drug, food-delivery workers earn protections from LA County amid coronavirus outbreak – Daily News

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted an emergency ordinance on Tuesday, April 14, that will protect retail grocery, drug store and food delivery workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Janice Hahn championed the ordinance, which requires employers to sanitize and stock bathrooms with necessary supplies, clean stores and shopping carts between uses and provide security to enforce social distancing, among other standards.

“As more guidelines are being placed for first-responders, we must set stricter guidelines for those in the food and grocery sector,” Ridley-Thomas said. “Food and grocery stores have become essential in this difficult time, and we do all that we can to support and protect them with the resources we have available, including appropriate protective equipment and policies.”

“In the middle of this global health emergency our grocery store, delivery, and drug store workers are now front-line responders,” Hahn said. “Their work is essential to keeping our County running and we need to make sure they have the tools they need to do their jobs safely.”

The action came after workers at Whole Foods and Instacart walked off the job over health concerns.

“Grocery and pharmacy workers and food delivery drivers have unexpectedly found themselves at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic, yet stores have not provided sufficient health or safety protections,” said John Grant, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770. “We thank Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for leading the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to implement necessary measures that protect workers who are risking their health to serve their communities.”

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