COVID-19 State and Local Updates
The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CSIA) issued federal guidance on March 19 categorizing a variety of manufacturers as among “essential” infrastructure. This guidance was updated on March 23 with an important addition to the “critical manufacturing” section, reflected by the highlighted text below:
“Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, and for supply chains associated with transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base. Additionally, workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains.”
This change becomes extremely important as states issue “shelter in place orders.” While many orders have similar language and provisions, they are all unique and must be analyzed independently. Some orders include a general instruction that businesses cease operations or that citizens stay home or shelter in place, followed by exceptions or definitions of “essential businesses” or “life sustaining businesses” that are allowed to continue operating. The focus for manufacturing companies will be the definitions and exceptions in the order. These definitions and exceptions will need to be carefully reviewed to identify categories of business operations that may include your business.
Many states are relying on the CSIA guidance document (https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19) detailing critical or essential manufacturing industries. SGIA has been tracking the issuance of state shelter in place orders, and a more detailed guide can be found here: https://www.sgia.org/advocacy/latest-updates/2020/03/24/status-of-states-listing-print-as-an-essential-business. We are updating this list on a daily basis with new information received.
Updated: March 26 10:50 AM
- Colorado, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Maine have issued a stay in place orders that adopt CISA and include additional exemptions for manufacturers
- Oklahoma has issued a partial stay at home order affecting counties most afflicted by COVID-19 spread that adopts CISA guidance and adds additional language for manufacturers
- Many counties in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Kansas, Alaska, Alabama, and Missouri have issued stay in place orders in the absence of statewide activity, though with language designating manufacturing as essential Throughout the country, each state is at a different stage in their COVID-19 response. Some states have implemented approaches focusing on restricting gatherings of large groups, issuing recommendations of social distancing, etc. while others have become more stringent.
The most stringent measures we have seen being taken so far is issuing a mandatory “Shelter in place” or “Stay at home” order. Along with this order comes a closure of all “non-essential” businesses. Here’s where it gets tricky—what businesses are considered “essential”?
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.