COVID-19 Pandemic not stopping Essential Utility Workers from doing their Job

by Jennifer Rios

For the residents of Riverside county, it is recommended to avoid non essential work if possible and continue social distancing orders regardless of essential work being done. For those needing work to be in and around their home, it is highly encouraged to follow county regulations to stay safe and healthy amid the risk that associate with the current, and pressing coronavirus pandemic.

As executive orders to stay home and avoid contact with others outside of your household are still being enforced. Though there are exceptions – essential utility workers. Independent workers such as gardeners, plumbers, and pool workers rally under the essential worker practices are allowed to be performing their essential duties as needed according to the United States Department of Labor.

Palm Springs resident Otilia Rios, shares with State of Events just how important these workers continue to be to her, even with the risk of allowing these workers into her home. She says, “They are essential, I need my pool cleaned, I need my A/C working.” Essential workers are recommended to take the proper precautions to remain as safe as possible, following social distance orders and wearing the protective gear such as face masks. Residents are taking their own additional measure such encouraging any contact to be made over the phone or through text to communicate the important issues they need to know regarding their homes. For those workers who need to enter their homes, Rios also recommends for others to keep any members of their household in areas that avoid close contact with the workers and sanitize affected areas afterwards to ensure no contamination if this were to happen.

For the residents of Riverside county, it is recommended to avoid non essential work if possible and continue social distancing orders regardless of essential work being done. For those needing work to be in and around their home, it is highly encouraged to follow county regulations to stay safe and healthy amid the risk that associate with the current, and pressing coronavirus pandemic.