COVID-19 State and Local Updates
Businesses that continue operating should practice social distancing, close common spaces “to the extent possible,” and practice sanitization. Non-essential retail businesses are permitted under the new order to operate on a curbside or delivery basis. The order is effective through May 11.
Missouri: The state issued a public health order allowing for a partial reopening of businesses beginning on May 4 as part of Gov. Parsons’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan. The order will stay in effect through May 31 and allow for the reopening of non-essential businesses including retail and dine-in restaurants as long as they enforce social distancing and limit capacity to a proportion of square footage as outlined within the order. The new order will apply to all Missouri businesses but has the intention of restarting operations for non-essential companies that have been closed during the stay-at-home order.
Ohio: Gov. DeWine rolled out the “Responsible Restart Ohio Plan” to implement the reopening the following sectors: Consumer Retail & Services; General Office Environments; and Manufacturing, Distribution & Construction. Those in the Manufacturing, Distribution & Construction sector will need to establish 6-foot social distances or barriers in between employees, establish the mandatory wearing of face coverings, and employee-driven health assessments. Note: The stay at home order will remain in place, prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.
Pennsylvania: Gov. Wolf outlined a phased reopening plan that identifies in broad terms how operations for businesses might be able to resume. If the state’s current status is “red,” requiring all but life-sustaining businesses to close, the next (“yellow”) phase would allow in-person business operations to resume under the guidance of “Business and Building Safety Orders,” which have not yet been published. We will continue to track the development of these orders, and indications as to whether PA may move toward such a phase after its current stay at home order expires on May 8.
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.