The federal agency that’s supposed to protect workers is toothless on Covid-19

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  • July 13, 2020
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A worker sets an outdoor table for the Cipriani restaurant on June 22, 2020, in the SoHo neighborhood in New York City. | Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

Workers are facing perilous conditions as states reopen. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration could have protected them.

When Nevada’s casino workers went back to work for the first time since March, many found that their employers weren’t doing enough to protect them from the coronavirus. Casinos, including the MGM Grand and the Bellagio, didn’t immediately inform employees if a new case was detected or shut down their work areas. And they didn’t even require their guests to wear face masks for weeks after reopening and until the state made it mandatory.

“It’s wrong that they didn’t prepare for handling this,” Sixto Zermeno, a bellman at the MGM Grand who recently tested positive for Covid-19, said

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