Grocery store workers are dying from coronavirus—new laws are forcing companies to protect them

They’re keeping the country fed during the crisis. Lawmakers are saying they shouldn’t die to do it.

Several states and cities are now passing laws that protect grocery store and other essential workers by requiring businesses to provide protective gear such as masks and gloves. This will be difficult to do with the current shortage of masks and other protective equipment. However, there are some measures like installing transparent dividers at checkout and restocking when customers are not in the stores that can help.