COVID-19 State and Local Updates
Illinois: As previously announced, the Governor extended the state’s stay in place order until May 30th, with the expectation of additional requirements for businesses who are operating. Initial, yet unpublished and unfinalized, recommendations may include:
- providing face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain a minimum six-foot social distance at all times;
- staggering shifts;
- reducing line speeds;
- operating only essential lines, while shutting down non-essential lines;
- ensuring that all spaces where employees may gather, including locker rooms and lunchrooms, allow for social distancing; and
- downsizing operations to the extent necessary to allow for social distancing and to provide a safe workplace in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
Once the recommendations are finalized, we will post the information.
Maryland: Gov. Hogan has released his “Roadmap to Recovery” that outlines the reopening of the state. There is no timetable in place. The plan encourages the continued use of telework where appropriate, and still requires the use of face coverings and masks as well as social distancing for both residents and those operating businesses.
Minnesota: Gov. Walz issued an updated order to allow some non-essential businesses to resume operations, including manufacturers in the state who might not have previously fallen into the “critical manufacturing” definition previously put forth by the state. Businesses that intend to reopen must implement a Preparedness Plan covering how the company will keep sick employees at home, promote telework, enforce social distancing, support hygiene and approach disinfection if necessary. According to the order, senior management responsible for implementing these plans must sign and certify their company’s plan and share it to company employees. A copy of the template plan can be accessed here.
Mississippi: Gov. Tate Reeves signed a “safer at home” order lifting some restrictions in the state, allowing for businesses to continue operating as “essential” under the purposes of the order. The safer at home order encourages those in Mississippi to stay home and requires the cancellation of mass gatherings of more than 10 people.
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.