Following the lead of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in conjunction with the mandates from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, our focus remains on keeping everyone as safe as possible while meeting our customer’s needs.
In line with the CDC recommended strategies for employers and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandates, we have adopted the following practices to minimize potential exposure of employees and customers to COVID-19 in our workplace. Keystone Fireworks requires that all employees comply with the following:
- Masks: All Keystone personnel, whether sick or otherwise, are required to wear a protective mask that covers the nose and mouth while in any Keystone facility. For so long as required by Pennsylvania law, customers shall also be required to wear masks. Customers without masks shall be denied entry, with the exception of individuals who cannot wear masks because of a medical condition (including children under age two). Masks must be worn at all times other than during employee breaks that involve eating and drinking. Management will make masks available for employees, or employees can supply their own masks with management approval.
- Coughing/Sneezing: All Keystone personnel, sick or otherwise, are required to cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available) during break periods or any time a mask is not being worn.
- Wash Your Hands: All Keystone personnel should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Employees should be provided short breaks to wash their hands frequently (at least once per hour) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol.
- Additional Cleaning: We have implemented an increase in our workplace practice of cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, PIN pads, touchscreens, keyboards, tablets, counter tops and doorknobs.
- Social Distancing: In accordance with CDC guidelines, we will be observing social distancing for both customers and employees. This shall include checkout lines. Break times shall be staggered to allow for social distancing. During breaks, all seating shall face front, rather than have employees facing one another. Signs shall be placed throughout Keystone facilities to remind customers and employees of the social distancing requirement.
- Stay home if sick: Keystone personnel presenting symptoms of acute respiratory illness should notify their supervisor and stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), free of signs of a fever, and free any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Team members returning to the office prior to the time they are symptom free will be sent home and advised not to return until symptom free.
- Company Personnel will be sent home if sick in the workplace: Employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work, or become sick during the day, will be sent home immediately.
- Sick Household Member(s): Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Company personnel who are well, or are asymptomatic, but who have a sick household member who has tested positive for the COVID-19, should notify their supervisor before coming to work.
- Exposure to COVID-19: If the business has been exposed to a person who has a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, the protocol shall include closing off areas visited by that person and opening outside doors and windows if possible to increase air circulation in the area. After waiting 24 hours, or as long as practical, cleaning and disinfecting should occur in all areas accessed by the infected person, including offices, common areas (including bathrooms and break rooms), and shared electronic or warehouse equipment used by the ill person, focusing on frequently touched areas.
- Notification of Employees: If a Keystone employee has been confirmed to have COVID-19, we will make efforts to identify employees who were in close contact (defined as within about six feet for about ten minutes), from the period 48 hours before the onset of symptoms to the time that the individual was isolated. If the person remains asymptomatic, he or she should adhere to the CDC guidelines issued April 8, 2020 about implementing safety practices for critical infrastructure workers.
- Temperature Screening: If there has been an exposure, we will implement temperature screening before employees enter the business to start work. Employees with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be sent home.
- Limits on Occupancy: Keystone facilities shall limit occupancy to no more than 50% of the number listed on the applicable certificate of occupancy.
- Curbside Pickup: Keystone will offer customers the opportunity to email or call their orders in advance for curbside pickup.
- Physical Separation: Keystone will install barriers at registers and checkout areas, or take other measures to maintain social distancing of employees and customers.
- Sanitizing Carts and Baskets: Each Keystone facility shall have a designated employee to wipe down carts and baskets before they become available to customers.
- High Risk Shoppers: Keystone will designate the hour from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays as a preferred shopping hour for high risk customers, including those over 65.
Please be assured of our commitment to the health and safety of our customers and team members. We are all in this together.