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Safety Guidelines for City Staff

The following all-staff email was sent by Assistant City Administrator Michael Fischer on Thursday, July 2, 2020.

Good afternoon, City of Roswell Team—
Now that City Hall and other City facilities have reopened to the public and many of our staff have resumed in-office work hours, I wanted to reach out and share new City guidelines and information to keep you and the public safe as cases of CORONA Virus continue to increase across the state.

Beginning Monday, July 6, 2020 all employees must have their temperature taken as they enter City facilities and will be required to wear a face covering when in open common areas or in areas where social distancing of six feet is not possible. If you arrive to work before your work facility is open, you will be required to take your temperature at home and sign a form (provided at the building entrance) which states you took your temperature and it was below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. We will also strongly encourage the public that visit out buildings to wear a face covering, and will provide disposable masks to those visitors who want one.

Best Practices for All Staff
Regardless of your particular department or position, here are a few things to keep in mind to protect you and your coworkers from risk and to help ensure a safe and secure environment for all employees, citizens, and visitors. These measures are consistent with current public health recommendations.
  • Monitor Your Health Daily: Do not come into work if you feel sick.
  • Avoid Close Contact: Maintain six feet of distance (about two arms’ length) between yourself and other individuals.
  • Cover Your Mouth and Nose When Around Others: If it is not possible to maintain distance, you are required while at work to use a face covering. COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Face coverings protect your coworkers in case you are infected.
  • Wash Your Hands Frequently: Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and Disinfect Your Work Space: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the workday. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, etc.
Clarification of Municipal Court Safety Protocols
We have had some questions about the Roswell Municipal Court protocols. The Court reopened on June 22, 2020 and is following strict safety protocols with members of the public who are coming into City Hall for court dates. Those coming into City Hall for a court date have their temperatures taken and are required to wear a mask. The Court is also practicing social distance guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to wear a mask when I come back to work?
Yes. Recent studies have shown that people infected with COVID-19 may not show any symptoms of the virus or they may eventually develop symptoms, even though they feel fine now. Since the virus can spread through droplets caused by coughing, sneezing, and even speaking, the CDC has recommended the use of face coverings in public, especially when it is difficult to maintain a distance of 6 feet. Wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of infection from droplets and can prevent you from infecting others, whether you feel symptomatic or not.

What else can I do to keep my workspace clean?
All of the same workplace etiquette guidelines still apply. Please practice frequent and thorough hand washing and utilize hand sanitizer. Be mindful of personal objects like phones, jackets, backpacks, coffee mugs, etc. to make sure they stay in your workspace and out of shared areas. If you have sanitizing wipes available, consider wiping down your workspace and disinfecting electronic devices.

What if I start feeling sick?

If you start to experience COVID-19 symptoms, like fever or chills, cough, or other symptoms and you’re scheduled to come in to work, please notify your supervisor before coming into the workplace. Please do not report to work if you feel sick.

Am I allowed to interact with other people while I’m at work?
Of course. But, it is important for us to continue to practice social distancing. Please be considerate of visiting a coworker’s workspace and stay 6 feet away. Please refrain from handshakes and hugs. If you need to interact with someone but social distancing isn’t practical or possible, both individuals must wear a mask. Remember to wipe down and sanitize any items that are frequently used by multiple people like copy machines, coffee machines, fridge handles, door handles, meeting tables, etc. Chairs in meeting rooms should be 6 feet apart. Please do not congregate in break rooms, and no more than two employees should travel in an elevator at a time.

Michael Fischer
Assistant City Administrator
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