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Covid-19 has impacted every industry, even the government. During this time of crisis, the White House, the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol all suspended tours and dramatically reduced access to the buildings. The SEC was the first federal agency to ask their employees to telecommunicate. Members of Congress followed suit and started closing their offices in Washington D.C. as well. Additionally, the members of Congress chose to self-quarantine.
Keeping Employees Safe
Government agencies are now taking extra precautions as they start letting employees head back into the office. The Congressional Chief of Staff sent out a memo to employees informing them of recommendations to limit physical contact with anyone by staying six feet apart, not touching people in photo ops and to take proper measures if you aren’t feeling well. The Department of Defense and the U.S. State Department also restricted travel in hopes of slowing the spread.
One precaution that is being considered is looking into whether they can use security footage to track contact instances if a staff member tests positive for the virus. Other measures like moving away from reusable plastic trays at all security checkpoints and using plastic bags were considered.
The General Services Administration (GSA) has given agencies specific cleaning and sanitizing the federal buildings to make it safe for employees to return. All janitorial service contracts for all federally owned buildings have been modified to ensure compliance with sanitation standards. It is estimated that the GSA owns and leases over 9,600 buildings in more than 2,200 communities nationwide.
Preventing the spread of germs
The new contracts the GSA drafted require the lessor of the building to wipe down all high touch surfaces at least once a day, starting with soap and water and then go back over with a disinfectant off a list of EPA-approved products.
Additionally, Tenants are required to provide their employees with disinfectant wipes to clean their phones, computers, keyboards, desk lights and other agency-owned property. Government agencies are also starting to introduce electrostatics to their disinfectant programs.
EMist® electrostatic disinfectant sprayers have also found their way into some of the new governmental cleaning protocols.
With the current risk for the spread of infection, it’s easy to see why so many precautions are being made in government buildings. Taking precautions wherever possible will help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can get back to life as we knew it.
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