I know a person who currently works for a business that is on the borderline of what are considered "essential" by New York State during the current mandates of decreased in-person workforce. While the company does serve essential functions, he does not actually perform essential duties that cannot be performed from home.
Two of their employees have just called in sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. As far as I know neither have been tested yet. However my friend is still expected to go into work despite the fact that he and his coworkers have all been in close proximity with these individuals. My friend and his coworkers also interact with customers and have concerns about endangering them.
My friend's boss has played this all off as perfectly within the NY mandates as they are classified as "essential", and so none of the practices apply to them and they only need to have people stay home if their coworkers test positive. They have pushed back hard against the idea of allowing anyone to work from home, even though an overwhelming majority of the work can be done remotely with ease.
Is there a way for my friend to get out of a situation where he is potentially exposing himself and others, without causing a lot of fallout for himself? He doesn't feel very secure in his job as he was hired in late December.