The editorial in the May 14 issue of The Independent (Benefits That Will Remain Once the Storm Passes) fails to include the hoped-for life-sustaining benefits for current employees and future occupants of congregate spaces, such as long-term rehab accommodations, involuntary confinements, etc.

During my teen years, I worked in hotel and restaurant kitchens. Every time my work spaces were examined by health department inspectors. I acquired useful guidelines to improve my performance.

It is apparent to me that municipal agencies responsible for permitting congregate facilities, especially those that cater to long-term residents, must mandate frequent hygiene and health assessments. The evaluations must assure that both employees and occupants abide by strict sanitation codes. To the extent that no such permitting currently exists or is minimally enforced it is immediately appropriate to originate or strengthen such codes.