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

Additional Resources:



A users guide to masks, what's best at protecting others and yourself

July 2, 2020

This short guide gives an overview of the different mask options and how to choose what will best protect you and others. ...

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Guidance for Essential Workers Arriving to NY from "Hot Spots"

June 30, 2020

Any NY farm business bringing in agricultural workers from states with significant community spread should read the NYS Department of Health's guidance summarized here by Cornell's Agricultural Workforce Development program. The guidance currently requires anyone entering NY from restricted states to quarantine for 14 days. NYSDOH is regularly updating...

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Protecting Seafood Processing Workers From COVID-19

June 29, 2020

Interim guidance is now available to help the seafood processing industry decrease the spread and impact of COVID-19 in the workplace. This guidance outlines recommended actions employers can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in both onshore and offshore seafood processing worksites....

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View all COVID-19 Updates

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)

Additional Materials

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