Thousand Islands Winery      

43298 Seaway Ave. Suite #1
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
(315) 482-9306

Thousand Islands Winery Employees    

March 20, 2020

Subject:  COVID 19 POLICY

To provide a safe and predictable workplace related to the recent Coronavirus Crisis, Thousand Islands Winery is balancing employee’s wellbeing, government mandates, and business needs.

The following guidelines are being implemented by Thousand Islands Winery immediately.  As the situation develops, these guidelines may be changed or modified unexpectedly.  Employees should direct any questions they have to their immediate supervisor or HR Director. Management appreciates your understanding during these trying times, since many details, policies, and regulations are being developed and modified daily. 


For those not subject to quarantine, isolation orders, or sick:

Until further notice, full-time employees are being scheduled for 32-hour work weeks.  Some are working from home, others are still reporting to work, and a few affected by Government mandated closures have even greater reduced hours or may be entirely laid off. 
In any case, all individuals must adhere to enhanced hygiene practices (Hand Washing, Face Touching, and wiping down surfaces) and safe social distancing (6 feet spacing between people).
Thousand Islands Winery is exempt from some Government staffing mandates due to it performing agricultural, beverage/food processor, warehouse, and transportation related business activities. 

During the crisis, some full-time employees will be scheduled and paid for 32 hours but to offset the reduced hours, they may use any accrued vacation time to obtain a full 40 hours, if they have hours available.
The company will comply with all emergency federal and state guidelines concerning paid leave and unemployment, as details continue to emerge.
Some employees may be eligible for emergency unemployment benefits.  If their scheduled work week drops below 32 hours, due to State and Federal mandated social distancing work restrictions placed on the company.

For those subject to quarantine or isolation orders:
(The COVID 19 Incubation Period is 14 days)

As of Mar 19, 2020, COVID 19 is not covered by Disability Insurance or the Paid Family Leave Act.

The information above is correct as of March 20, 2020.  However, as the crisis evolves, and policies and regulations change, so will the company’s guidance. 

Stephen Conaway
Thousand Islands Winery