To:
Thousand Islands Winery Employees    
July 22, 2020
Subject:  COVID 19 POLICY (Update 1)

To continue providing a safe and predictable workplace related to the recent Coronavirus Crisis, Thousand Islands Winery shall continue to balance its employee’s wellbeing, government mandates, and business needs.

The following guidelines are being updated by Thousand Islands Winery, effective 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 employees not exposed to COVID 19 and are not subject to quarantine, isolation orders, or sick:
Until further notice, full-time employees are being scheduled for 40-hour work weeks. 
Thousand Islands Winery has been declared a New York Essential Business.  Therefore, Thousand Islands Winery is exempt from some Government staffing mandates due to it performing agricultural, beverage/food processor, warehouse, and transportation related business activities. 
All individuals must continue to adhere to enhanced hygiene practices (Hand Washing, Face Touching, and wiping down surfaces) and safe social distancing (6 feet spacing between people).
During the crisis, employees may use their accrued vacation time to offset company mandated shortened work schedules.  Thereby, obtaining a paid 40-hour work week 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 employees directly or indirectly exposed to COVID 19 and subject to quarantine 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.
At all times, employees should maintain a safe 6-foot social distance, from all individuals that are not a part of their immediate social network, both in and outside of work.

Direct Exposure:  Employees who have been in direct contact with a person who has received a positive COVID 19 test result, must immediately get tested for COVID 19 and go into self-quarantine for a 14-day period or until their test results come back as negative.  They may not report for work.

Indirect Exposure:  If an employee has been exposed to a third-party individual that had tested positive for COVID 19, the employee may elect to get COVID 19 tested, but they are not required to self-quarantine. The employee should still report to work.  

Indirect Exposure Example:  Employee Bob meets his friend Jane. Jane was exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID 19.   Both are unsure if they properly social distanced. 
Jane should immediately get tested and self-quarantine for 14 days or until her test comes back negative. Bob may elect to get tested but he does not need to self-quarantine unless he begins to feel sick.  Bob will continue to work his normal schedule.

NOTE:  If a company employee does test positive for COVID 19, all fellow employees in their social work network must also be tested and undergo a self-quarantine for 14 days or until their test results come back negative.  The employee’s work area must be thoroughly sanitized.  The company will remain open.
The information above is correct as of July 22, 2020.  However, as the crisis evolves, and policies and regulations change, so will the company’s guidance. 

Stephen Conaway
President
Thousand Islands Winery