New York State’s Commissioner of Health DID NOT extend the HERO Act designation beyond March 17, 2022, meaning businesses are no longer required to activate their Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plans.
Businesses should keep in mind that while the designation was not renewed, the NY HERO Act is still in effect. Employers are still obligated to adopt Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plans, provide copies to existing employees and new hires, and post the plans at each work site.
Prior to March 17th, COVID-19 was designated as a highly contagious communicable disease and required businesses to activate Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plans. The Commissioner of Health has the authority to reactivate the NY HERO Act at any time. Businesses should continue to monitor changes and updates to the NY HERO Act, and corresponding airborne infectious disease designations.