OSHA Mandate: Get vaccinated or get ready for weekly covid testing

Local business reacts to covid 19 vaccine mandate.
Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 11:41 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3) -- Another covid vaccine mandate deadline is on the horizon.

The latest mandate states any company with more than 100 employees must require them to either get vaccinated or wear a mask and get tested for covid every week.

The deadline for workers to be fully vaccinated or start testing is January 4th, 2022.

Grandma’s Saloon and Grill is one Northland business that falls under the mandate’s jurisdiction.

“Our seasonal numbers go up and down, but we’re consistently around 300 employees. It goes up in the summer and down in the winter,” said Tony Bronson, with Grandma’s Restaurant Company.

At Grandma’s, they’re already short on workers and hope the mandate won’t cause a worker loss but instead, will create a worker gain.

“The struggle for employees continues. If this is something that can help them feel better about coming back to work then we’re all for it,” said Bronson.

This mandate on private businesses is possible because OSHA has emergency authorization over workplace safety.

Bronson told us his restaurants have been following the advice of health experts every step of the way.

“We feel like even through this whole covid process, that we’ve been very aware of what the public health experts are telling us to do. This is kind of continuation of that,” said Bronson.

It’s something that could be good for both health and business.

“If they’re asking that the vaccine be mandated, then we will dutifully follow that direction and hope that we can get to the other side of this pandemic as quickly as possible,” said Bronson.

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