Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Workplace Health and Safety Information—Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

General Resources

How to Make a Cloth Mask

When social distancing cannot be practiced, the CDC recommends the use of cloth face coverings.

An advantage of these over disposable surgical face coverings is that they can be washed and reused. Simple cloth face coverings are not foolproof protection from getting Covid from others, but they are believed to help slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

An added benefit of a face covering is that it discourages you from touching your face with dirty hands—a common way of contracting the disease—because your mouth and nose are covered. 

Learn How to Make a Cloth Face Covering as well as tips for wearing, removing and cleaning from the CDC.

Virtual Safety Trainings for Farms

The NEC is now offering free virtual safety trainings via videoconferencing to Northeast farms. The trainings are available in English and Spanish.

Trainings can include information for agricultural workers about COVID-19 safety and health, including illness symptoms, prevention measures, biosecurity, and recommended resources for information. Educators are also able to offer a range of traditional safety training topics, including animal handling, food safety, chemicals, and equipment. Farms work with the educators to determine which training topics are needed. Multiple sessions to smaller groups of workers can be provided to ensure proper social distancing. For more information on virtual trainings, or to schedule a session, contact the NEC at 800-343-7527 or To learn more about safety trainings, go to:

View NEC's slide presentation on COVID-19 safety and health to learn more about what is offered during the training on this topic.

Respirator and PPE Guidance

Worker Protection Standard Fit Respirator Test requirements have been relaxed for 2020. Learn here about the temporary change in regulations, who is exempt from fit tests and who is not.

If you or a worker do not meet the 2020 Fit Test exemption, contact NYCAMH for assistance: 800-343-7527 or

Due to the critical shortage of N95 respirators and the urgent need to route supplies to healthcare professionals, NYCAMH is currently unable to distribute disposable respirators. For those who work on farms and need respiratory protection for their job, contact our Industrial Hygienist Maggie Hoff to discuss alternatives at 800-343-7527 or

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Free COVID-19 diagnostic testing for NY's ag workers

May 26, 2020

New York State's capacity to test for COVID-19 is expanding, "essential employees" and Phase 1 businesses in the state's re-opening are being prioritized for diagnostic testing, according to the NYS Department of Health's revised guidance. This means anyone who works in agriculture should be eligible for free COVID-19 testing....

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NJ Releases Guidance for Farmworkers, their Employers and Housing Providers

May 26, 2020

Three New Jersey Departments of Health, of Agriculture and of Labor and Workforce Development have partnered to asssist agricultural businesses and farm workers with interim COVID-19 Guidance for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, their Employers and Housing Providers. This guidance outlines best practices to maintain the health and safety of...

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NY Farms Required to Have COVID-19 Safety Plans

May 20, 2020

"New York Forward," the state of New York's re-opening plan requires all businesses, including farms, have written safety plans on how they plan to prevent and manage COVID-19. Cornell's Agricultural Workforce Development program outlines the requirements and what it means for farm businesses. The guidance includes a link to the New York's...

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Commercial Fishing Resources for Other Regions

ADDITIONAL STATES Commercial Fishing COVID Resources


AMSEA COVID-19 Resource Page

Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association

BBRSDA is trying to put guidelines in place for the influx of fishermen and processors to Bristol Bay in support of the upcoming salmon season. They have identified the risk of spreading COVID-19 to the rural communities in Dillingham, Naknek, and other areas and are trying to develop protocols for keeping non-local fishermen separate from local community members.

Medical advice and coverage for the fishing fleets in Alaska Medical Advice and Coverage for fishing fleets in Alaska. Discovery Health has developed a series of safety protocols for fishing vessels of various types and shoreside processors.

Food Safety and Economic Information, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Alaska Critical Infrastructure COVID-19 Community/Workforce Protective Plans

COVID-19 Resource PageUnited Fishermen of Alaska

Alaska Sea Grant - Tips for Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Your Fishing Business 


California Sea Grant Response 


Florida Sea Grant Overview of Selected Disaster Assistance Programs 


COVID-19 Resources Fisherman Fast Fact Sea Grant Louisiana

Louisiana Sea Grant COVID-19 Resources 

Louisiana Seafood Dealers and Processors COVID-19 Links

Commercial Fishing and Seafood Processing Fact Sheets, Sea Grant Louisiana, available in English and Vietnamese


Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Response 


Texas Sea Grant COVID-19 Resources 


Virginia Sea Grant Fisheries, Aquaculture and Charter Boat Industries Resources


Washington Sea Grant Resources for Shellfish Industry

Resources by Industry

Fishing Resources

COVID-19 Commercial Fishing Resources (for state specific resources go to State-by-State listing)

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