COVID-19 State and Local Updates
The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring states to take unprecedented actions that impact printing industry operations. In this section, we will track actions taken by state governments and legislatures as they move forward with implementation. SGIA is consistently updating this page as we receive news. For questions or more information, reach out to the Government Affairs Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated July 23 @ 8:50 AM
- Wisconsin: Municipalities of Milwaukee, Dane County, Madison and other smaller counties such as Ashland, Bayfield, Glendale and Shorewood enacted ordinances or orders mandating that residents and employees wear masks.
- While each ordinance or order differs in the specific requirements, the requirement to wear a mask applies to all indoor public spaces, including workplaces and outdoor spaces when the ability to maintain a social distance of 6 feet is difficult or impossible.
- Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued an amended “Safer at Home” order (PDF), adding a facial covering requirement. This facial covering order, which goes into effect on July 16, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., requires (1) facial coverings for individuals; (2) protections for employees; and (3) protections for customers.
- Pennsylvania: July 15, 2020, Governor Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine jointly announced the issuance of an executive order (PDF) that imposes new restrictions on gatherings and businesses for in-person operations. As a targeted mitigation effort in response to recent COVID-19 case increases, the order, which takes effect July 16, 2020, applies statewide, despite the fact that the increase in cases has been overwhelmingly in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Updated July 21 @ 8:55 AM
- Virginia Passes First-In-Nation OSHA Standard For COVID-19. This article explains what procedures must be implemented in all open businesses.
Updated July 15 @ 5:10 PM
- Michigan: July 9, 2020 Michigan Gov. Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-145 (PDF), which provides for revised workplace safety rules to protect Michigan workers from COVID-19 and rescinds Executive Order 2020-114.
- Here is also a link to an article with every State's position on wearing face masks.
Marcia Kinter is the Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs at PRINTING United Alliance. Ms. Kinter oversees the development of resources for the Association addressing environmental, safety & health, and sustainability issues. She represents the printing industry, as well as their associated supplier base, before federal and state regulatory agencies on environmental, safety and other government issues directly impacting the printing industry.
In 2008, Kinter, in conjunction with colleagues from other printing trade associations, was instrumental in launching the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership program. The SGP Program is a registry system for printing facilities that includes third party verification. The program successfully launched as an independent organization in August 2008.
Kinter is a member of and serves as Secretary for the Academy of Screen Printing Technology. In 2001, Kinter received the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award for significant advancement of environmental awareness in the graphic arts industry.
Before joining PRINTING United Alliance, Kinter worked for The American Waterways Operators, Inc., the national association for the barge and towing industry.
She holds bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.