“‘Five days is simply not enough to get through a 14-day COVID-19 quarantine period and eight months into the COVID crisis, many workers with sick time banks have used up their state sick time, even as the winter surge hits us,’ Anabel Santiago, grassroots coordinator for the Coalition for Social Justice and a member of the Raise Up Massachusetts steering committee, said.

Santiago said the federal government provided additional paid sick time for many workers through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, but ‘it has a big coverage gap that leaves millions of frontline workers without paid sick time, including workers at companies with more than 500 employees and many employees of health care and residential facilities.'”