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COVID-19 quick take: New York bill proposes temp screening at businesses

John Fitzgerald  

John Fitzgerald  

(April 28, 2020) - New Yorkers could be banned from entering businesses if their temperature is too high under a bill (2019 N.Y. S.B. 8253) introduced April 27.

The bill would allow noninvasive thermal cameras to screen people entering businesses, using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standard of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above as a marker for potential coronavirus infection.
Upon registering a high temperature:

  • Employees would be sent home until registering a temperature below 100.4 degrees for three days.
  • Vendors would have to leave immediately.
  • Customers would be offered an alternative to receive the business’s product or service.

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