“The Agriculture Department has provided some information to its employees about its plans for reopening under three phases.”
“The reopening playbook, which Federal News Network obtained, describes how USDA employees will gradually return to their offices. The plan is also consistent with the broad reopening guidance the Trump administration offered up last month.”
“Like the administration’s guidance suggests, reopening timelines will vary within large agencies based on state and local conditions in specific geographic regions.”
“’Mission areas and agencies will use all available information to make data-driven decisions to reopen a facility,’ the reopening summary reads. ‘Decisions to begin to resume operations will be informed by whether the state or community in which the facility is located has met the federal gating criteria, begun phased reopening, implemented phased reopening of public and commercial activities and lifted mandatory travel and closure restrictions…’”
“According to the reopening summary, USDA mission areas and agencies should plan to provide face coverings or masks to all onsite employees from phase one through phase three, the department said.”
“Throughout all three phases, the availability of masks, personal protective equipment and cleaning equipment, as well as the USDA’s ability to meet federal cleaning, health and safety guidelines, will ultimately determine reopening plans for each agency, mission area and department facility…” Read the full article here.
Source: Here’s how USDA will approach reopening their facilities – By Nicole Ogrysko, May 21, 2020. Federal News Network.