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Essential employee protects herself

By Christine Simmonds | Apr 03, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Rachel Dotson in her homemade personal protective equipment at Maritime Farms April 3.

Rockland — Rachel Dotson of Rockland has created her own personal protective equipment to keep herself safe while she continues to report to work.

Dotson's job as assistant manager at the Maritime Farms Townline location has been deemed essential. The store sells gasoline and groceries.

The company has put policies in place to protect workers since the outbreak of coronavirus hit Maine. These include a ban on sit-down dining and a limit of five customers inside the store at a time.

Signs on the door ask that customers who are sick do not patronize the store.

Plexiglass barriers have been put up on the counters to further protect the employees. Hand sanitizer is provided for employee use, as well as gloves and masks.

Dotson said all employees have been given the option to not come to work if they feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

Maritime Farms has erected plexiglass at the cash registers to protect employees. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Rachel Dotson wears homemade personal protective equipment to keep herself safe at Maritime Farms Townline in Rockland on April 3. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Apr 03, 2020 10:04

good goin girl.  If you don't take care of yourself no one else's going to.  Could be next months cover of Vogue. Maritime should provide same gear to all employees that go in harms way and provide hazard pay.  It won't cost them anything Uncle Sam will provide.  A note to anyone who ventures out, be sure to praise the workers you see on the front  lines without them we would be up sh..t creek.

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