To: OHIO & NATIONAL GROCERS ASSOCIATION
SHOULD GROCERS DENY SENIOR & HIGH-RISK EMPLOYEES TIME OFF TO SELF QUARANTINE?
Grocers need to be mandated to allow their employees aged 55 and older and / or their employees with preexisting health conditions that have been deemed as high-risk for complications from the COVID-19 virus by the CDC to self-quarantine at their OWN discretion during the Coronavirus pandemic / outbreak WITHOUT THREAT OR FEAR OF LOSING THEIR JOBS. Grocers can hire TEMPORARY employees who are younger and / or deemed lower risk by the CDC for COVID-19 complications to temporarily take the place of the 55-and-older and high-risk employees who elect to self-quarantine during this time while still holding these high-risk employees’ jobs/positions in place so that they may return to work without penalty of any kind when all social distancing and other COVID-19 preventative and safety measures and mandates have been lifted, regardless of whether such measures and mandates are at the federal, state or local level.
Why is this important?
Forcibly exposing these high-risk groups of people to the public in mass at grocery stores will undoubtedly cause not only unnecessary and untold numbers of deaths among these groups, but also will serve to further overwhelm the healthcare systems, likely creating a snowball effect in the numbers of fatalities due to insufficient or unavailable medical treatment.