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.
Updated July 14 @ 9:45 AM
- Georgia: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms just issued an executive order requiring persons within the City of Atlanta to wear face masks in many circumstances
- Massachusetts: Entered Phase III on July 6th. The Phase III Standards revise the minimum safety standards for office spaces in Massachusetts, addressing the four categories of Social Distancing, Staffing and Operations, Hygiene Protocol, and Cleaning and Disinfecting.
- California: Governor Newsom ordered a reversal of the reopening of certain businesses and activities effectively immediately
Updated July 10 @ 9:00 AM
- On June 30th, Governor Kay Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home Order (PDF) and amended Proceeding with Caution Info Sheet (PDF) and Flyer (PDF)
- List of All Orders and Guidelines
- Phase 3 of Reopen Responsibly Plan
- See this Industry specific Guidance for further information.
- All Health Mandates
- Executive Order 2020-43 (PDF) Pausing Arizona's Reopening
- Executive Order D 2020-110 (PDF) (face coverings) (6/20/20)
- Accommodations Guidance (PDF)
- Safer at Home Industry Guidance
District of Columbia
- Executive Order 20-139 (PDF) Phase 2 (6/3/20)
- Confirmation re: Move to Phase Four(6/25/20) and Summary of Changes (PDF)
- Phase 4 Industry-Specific Guidance
- All COVID-Related Executive Orders and Proclamations
- Executive Order 20-35 (PDF) Stage 4.5 (7/1/20)
- Proclamation (6/25/20)
- Announcement re: Advancement Paused / Remaining in Phase 2 (6/22/20)
- Proclamation 83 JBE 2020 (PDF) (6/25/20) (Pause in Phase 2, Limiting Gatherings)
- Executive Order 20-06-11-01 (PDF) (6/11/20)
- Back to Business: Industry-Specific Guidelines for Reopening Businesses
- Executive Order 1500 (PDF) extending and amending Safe Return (6/29/20)
- Outline of Phase III Changes (PDF) and Outline of Phase IV Changes (PDF)
- COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents
- Announcement re: Pause of Reopening in Phase 2 (6/15/20)
- Announcement re: Extension of Phase 2 (PDF) and Directive (PDF) (6/29/20)
- Safer at Home Order (PDF) (6/16/20)
- Announcement re: Pause on Reopening (6/25/20)
- Executive Order No. 147 (6/24/20) (Phase 2 extension, face coverings)
- Announcement re: Advancing to Next Phase (5/29/20)
- Tennessee Pledge Business Guidelines (General and Industry)
- Executive Order - Status Update through June 26 (PDF) (6/12/20)
- Executive Order - Rural Counties Advance to Green (PDF) (6/19/20)
- All COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers
- Announcement re: Pause on Moving Counties into Phase 4 (6/27/20)
- State Public Health Orders and Guidance, County Orders, County Variances
- Interactive Map of County Variances
- Guidance for Screening Employees (PDF)
Updated July 8 @ 1:55 PM
- Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Wyoming have adopted laws that limit liability for employers and others from claims relating to COVID-19 exposure
- Massachusetts moves into Phase 3 of its reopening plan on July 6.
- Indiana: Stage 4.5 (PDF), will become effective on July 4 for all counties
Updated June 30 @ 11:50 AM
- Pennsylvania: is providing $225 million for grant programs to support small businesses (25 employees or fewer) impacted by COVID-19. Apply here.
- North Carolina extends Phase 2 "Safer at Home" ruling until July 17th through Executive Order 147 (PDF).
- Illinois: Phase 4 will commence on June 26th. Governor JB Pritzker released new guidelines to help businesses and other activities safely reopen.
- Dallas has issued an order (PDF) that “all commercial entities in Dallas County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy”.
- New York: It is required that all businesses have safety plans in place that contain specific requirements for what to do when an employee tests positive for COVID-19, has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual. Guidance can be found here (PDF).
- Massachusetts: moves into Step 2 of Phase 2 of the Four-Phase Reopening Plan. Businesses permitted to reopen in Step 2 can resume operations under their sector-specific guidance. In addition, prior to opening, the business must meet all safety standards, create a COVID-19 control plan, and complete a self-certification.
- Idaho: Stay Healthy Order (PDF) moved the State into Stage 4. However, the Board of Health, ordered (PDF) Ada County to move back to Stage 3 of Idaho’s original reopening process, as of June 24. Executive Order No. 2020-12 (PDF) creating the Idaho Return-to-Work bonus program. This program, intended to provide economic support to aid in Idaho’s recovery from COVID-19
- Colorado has issued guidance and requirements for non-critical manufacturing businesses to reopen safely.
Updated June 24 @ 9:30 AM
State Reopening Policies and other Guidance
As businesses are opening back up to normal operations, state, city and local governments want to ensure workers are remaining safe and employers are implementing procedures for illness prevention. Many states are requiring businesses to have a formal written preparedness policy before returning to normal operation. It is important to be aware that in any state, even the ones that do not mandate a formal written policy, guidelines have been established that need to be followed. In addition, companies may be reported as operating unsafely to local or state authorities if no prevention procedures are put in place.
It is in a company’s best interest to create and implement written policies and procedures for how they will re-open safely and responsibly regardless of state mandate in order to keep employees safe and to be able to provide as proof of compliance in the case of a reporting or inspection. PrUA has created a policy template to fulfill this need. It includes sanitation procedures, an operations checklist, training guidance, what to do it an employee shows up sick, and much more. Still, be sure to check with your state for any additional requirements you may need to add to this template to be in state compliance.
EEOC issued additional guidance for employers addressing COVID-19 in the workplace
OSHA released guidance (PDF) that provides examples for how employers can incorporate recommended practices for COVID-19 control and prevention into reopening and return to work strategies
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, unless otherwise permitted or required by this order, all employers shall take reasonable steps, where practicable as work duties permit, to protect their employees. Find these “reasonable steps” listed in executive order (PDF).
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there is business-type-specific guidance for how businesses can reopen with best practices.
Executive Order 2020-36 (PDF) requires all Arizona employers to develop, establish, and implement policies based on guidance from the CDC, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there is Guidance for businesses to re-open and the procedures that must be put in place.
Recommended generally (PDF). Employees should be screened for fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell as they are entering the building at the beginning work.
Required injury and illness reporting for employees that contract COVID-19. Here are guidelines to follow.
State-wide, all businesses must complete a list of items such as perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan. It is also Required for Employers to train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have symptoms.
San Diego, CA Requires completion of the items on this checklist (PDF).
Bay Area Counties, CA Requires completion of this checklist (PDF).
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, it is Required for Employers (PDF) to conduct daily temperature checks at the worksite to the greatest extent possible, or if not practicable, through self-assessment at home prior to coming to the worksite.
No requirements for written response plans, but Connecticut has requirements for cleaning, screening, informing, and training employees, etc.
It is Recommended for employees should take their temperature before they go to work. If they have a temperature above 100.4F, they should stay home.
No requirement for a written policy. However, all businesses are required to provide employees to wear face coverings when working in open areas and must provide hand sanitizer to employees.
It is also Required for high-risk businesses (PDF) and recommended for all others: employers must screen each incoming employee with a basic questionnaire (PDF). Division of Public Health Essential Services Screening Policy (PDF). Find the Recovery Phases here.
District of Columbia
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, DC provides recommended “Before you Open” guidance
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, does have requirements for how open businesses should safely operate.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, it is required for businesses to implement these procedures.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there is a list of best practices businesses that are urged to be implemented before/ during reopening.
Requires that businesses put protocols in place to ensure responsible and safe re-opening. There are protocols for each of the 3 reopening Stages.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there is Industry specific toolkits and guidance.
It is Recommended for specified employers to make temperature checks available for employees and encourage their use.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there are Suggested guidelines for Manufacturing & Industry.
It is Required for Reopening businesses to conduct employee health screenings.
No requirements for a formal written policy. A testing plan, among other requirements must be in place before re-opening.
All businesses must comply with the directives outlined by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in order to re-open.
It is Required That all businesses, including those that were permitted to remain open, require employees to undergo daily temperature checks.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, all businesses must comply with their industry-specific guidelines for re-opening.
COVID-19 Prevention Checklist is required for Businesses to Reopen. If you are listed as an essential business, you do not have to fill out a checklist or display a badge.
Businesses must work with the Department of Economic and Community Development to develop practical, reasonable, evidence-informed safety protocols and modifications that protect the health and safety of employees and customers. This collaboration will produce “COVID-19 Prevention Checklist identifying best practices to protect Maine people. Once completed, businesses that commit to complying with the requirements on the checklist will be provided a badge to post on their business door or website, their names will also be posted on the DECD website and they will be allowed to open.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there are many safety requirements for manufacturing to operate safely, including frequently communicating with employees about the procedures in place.
It is Recommended For employers to implement a daily screening process for workers and other personnel which include CDC or MDH recommended health questions and consider temperature testing.
All manufacturing businesses are required to follow procedures on their industry specific checklist.
Must have a COVID-19 response plan before reopening.
It is Required for manufacturing facilities that the employee screening protocol includes temperature screening as soon as no-touch thermometers can be obtained.
It is Required for industrial, manufacturing, and office-based businesses reopening on or after April 27 that a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is implemented and includes employee health screening procedures. Here is guidance on what the required response plan must include.
It is Recommended that employers consider regular health checks.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, businesses that were included on the Critical Sector list are required to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 guidelines and OSHA standards.
Businesses must develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, including policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing when an employee tests positive for COVID-19.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, it is Required for employers to conduct a health assessment on employees at the beginning of each shift.
All businesses are required to follow the social distancing and sanitation guidelines established in Phase One, and Montanans are strongly encouraged to continue sanitation practices, including hand washing and wearing masks in public places.
No requirements for a formal written policy.
Requires employers to perform a Job Hazard Analysis for each task in which a 6 feet apart social distance is not feasible.
No requirements for a formal written policy. There are 15 Employee Protection Guidelines manufacturers should follow.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there is Business guidance for reopening.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, “Develop a COVID-19 communication plan and provide a forum for answering employee questions and addressing concerns.” is listed under Best Practices for Businesses.
It is Required for all employers to screen employees for symptoms before they enter the workplace each day, verbally or with a written or text/app-based questionnaire.
Each New York business location must adopt and follow a safety plan that outlines how the business will fight the spread of COVID-19. Companies don’t have to submit their plans to any government agency for approval. Businesses must post their plan at each location, if they have multiple. Here is a Safety Plan Template.
It is required that all Phase 1 reopening employers implement mandatory health screening assessments (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) before employees begin work each day and for essential visitors.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there is Guidance for businesses to follow to open safely.
It is Required for businesses open to the public to conduct daily symptom screening of workers, using a standard interview questionnaire of symptoms, before workers enter the workplace.
Companies are required to complete the Workplace Assessment Tool that will help them develop policies and procedures for a safe re-opening.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there are Requirements for business operations for manufacturing.
It is Required for employees to conduct daily health self-assessments and must not report to work if symptomatic.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, the state requires businesses to create plans to allow employees to return to work in phases. Specific guidance can be found here.
No requirements for a formal written policy.
Requires businesses conducting in-person operations to “Establish and implement a plan in case the business is exposed to a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19”
All businesses and organizations must complete a COVID19 Control Plan and keep it on file at the business and make it available to RIDOH upon request. A COVID19 Control Plan template is available online.
No requirements for a formal written policy.
Requires businesses to post information for their employees about how to maintain sanitation and prevention practices.
It is Recommended as a "Best practice" for employers to take temperatures on site with a no-touch thermometer each day upon arrival at work.
El Paso city officials issued a revised local emergency directive (PDF) on June 18, 2020, mandating that all businesses in the city of El Paso must develop and implement a health and safety policy that requires wearing a face mask to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Dallas, Austin, and San-Antonio are also requiring people to wear face masks when out in public.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, it is Recommended for all employers to ensure employees who are, or work with, high-risk populations, undergo daily screening/symptom monitoring. See full recommendations list here.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there are requirements that all businesses must follow.
Phase Two (PDF) began on June 9th.
It is Recommended prior to a shift and on days employees are scheduled to work, that employers screen employees prior to starting work.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there is a list of requirements all manufacturing operations must follow.
It is Recommended that all employers screen everyone who enters their facility, including all employees before the start of each work shift and all visitors.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, there is a list of guidance for all businesses to follow.
Small businesses are recommended to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms daily using a series of questions.
No requirements for a formal written policy. However, the state lists “creating response policies in the workplace” as a best practice.
Wyoming recommends businesses follow OSHA and CDC guidance for reopening.
It is Generally recommended for other employers to screen for symptoms of illness before each shift.
Updated June 10 @ 9:50 AM
Updated June 9 @ 1:15 PM
- Virginia’s temporary stay-at-home order (PDF) expired at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020 across the entire Commonwealth. In addition, the vast majority of Virginia’s counties, cities, and towns entered “Phase Two” of that state’s previously outlined three-phase reopening protocol on Friday, June 5, 2020. Northern Virginia and Richmond will remain in Phase 1 for the time being.
- Michigan Executive Order (PDF) moving the entire state of Michigan to Stage 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan and setting the stage for most businesses to resume operations.
Updated June 4 @ 9:10 AM
- California: Industry guidance.
- Illinois: City of Chicago’s industry guidelines for reopening as the City prepares to transition to Phase 3 of the “Be Safe Chicago” plan. Chicago has been more strict than Illinois's State plan.
- New York: New York State has issued industry-specific interim guidance for “Phase 2” businesses, which includes a number of “minimum requirements” certain businesses must meet before reopening their workplaces in light of COVID-19.
- Minnesota: Cities Of Minneapolis and St. Paul (PDF) Issue Face-Covering Orders.
- Michigan: MI Safe Start Plan
Updated June 2 @ 10:10 AM
- Washington: General Guidance and Requirements for businesses re-opening (PDF)
- Pennsylvania: The amended executive order (PDF) provides additional provisions for counties entering the “Green” phase.
- Virginia: Find summaries of each Phase here.
- Alabama: On May 21, 2020, Governor Kay Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home order (PDF) that removed restrictions and provided extended guidance to Alabama businesses as the state continues to reopen.
- Connecticut: More guidance for businesses reopening
- Texas: Executive Order GA-23 (PDF) supersedes GA-21 and changes the terminology the governor previously used regarding categories of authorized and unauthorized services.
- This proclamation (PDF) expanded the list of covered services outlined in GA-23
Updated May 29 @ 1:50 PM
- Washington: Safe Start Washington (PDF) (Phase by Phase plan)
Updated May 27 @ 9:00 AM
- Montana: Phase 2 will commence on June 1st. See the full re-opening plan (PDF) here.
- New Jersey: More guidance for businesses here.
- New Mexico: Safe Practices for Individuals and Businesses (PDF)
- Texas: find the checklist for opening manufacturing (PDF) here.
- District of Columbia: extended their stay at home order until June 8
Updated May 26 @ 2:30 PM
- Michigan: Safety Workplace Regulation Guidance via Executive Order 2020-91 and Executive Order 2020-92
Updated May 21 @ 9:20 AM
- California: City of Los Angeles recently enacted an ordinance requiring employers in certain industries that generated more than $5 million in business in 2019 to rehire laid-off workers before they can hire any new employees.
- Oregon: Employers in certain businesses must require employees, contractors, and volunteers to wear a mask, face covering. See details here (PDF).
Updated May 20 @ 9:00 AM
- St. Louis City issued Order #8 (PDF) adopting Phase 1 (PDF) of a re-opening plan with specific guidance for each industry.
Updated May 19 @ 9:10 AM
- California just released: Interim Guidance for General Industry to reopen Safely
- New York added: Guidelines to re-open safely.
- Minnesota added: Executive Order 20-56 (PDF) addressing safely returning to work and allowing more businesses to reopen on May 17th. Executive Order 20-54 (PDF) addressing protecting workers from unsafe working conditions.
- Illinois released: Restore Illinois: the 5-Phase plan to re-open the economy.
- Arizona: Executive Order 2020-36 (PDF) requires all Arizona employers to develop, establish, and implement policies based on guidance from the CDC, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).
Updated May 11 @ 9:30 AM
- Michigan extended its Expiration Date to May 28.
Updated April 30 @ 10:50 AM
What you need to know today:
States are starting to reopen. By the end of the first week of May, almost 31 states will have started to reopen non-essential businesses. It is important that when you do reopen, you follow any and all state specific requirements, including social distancing in the workplace, use of face masks, as well as sanitation guidelines. The most up to date listing of the expiration dates for state shelter in place orders can be found here:
We continue to work to bring you the most up to date information on openings as well as state specific requirements. For information on your specific state, please contact us at email@example.com.
As always, Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.
Updated April 29 @ 12:10 PM
States continue to extend their shelter in place orders:
Massachusetts: Gov. Baker extended the state’s stay at home order through May 18
Louisiana: Gov. Edwards extended the state’s stay at home order through May 15
Updated April 28 @ 12:45 PM
The good news…States are starting to reopen! With conditions, of course. And, a few are still extending their shelter in place orders. Read on for updates. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colorado: Gov. Polis issued a new executive order lifting some restrictions on businesses in the state as part of his "back to work" plan. The order allows critical businesses to continue operations with social distancing and mitigation policies. The order asks the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to issue additional guidance to prohibit gatherings of 10 or more people (even in private establishments) and advise Coloradans to wear masks outside the home. The public health is expected to be published in the very near future.
The new order allows non-critical retail businesses to offer curbside or delivery services beginning May 1, and for non-critical businesses to resume up to 50% of their in-person activities beginning May 4, as long as they follow mandatory social distancing requirements. The order stays in effect through May 26.
Idaho: Idaho issued its “Idaho Rebounds” plan with a staged reopening protocol that would allow some non-essential businesses to resume service during the first half of May and charge non-essential businesses with developing plans toward reopening in the back half of May if certain public health criterial are met.
Hawaii: Gov. Ige extended until May 31 Hawaii’s stay at home order shuttering businesses in the state except for those determined to be “essential” under the federal CISA guidance. The order includes additional exemptions for manufacturers:
- Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries. Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications, as well as products used by essential businesses and operations.
Businesses that remain in operation must practice social distancing, maintain separate operating hours for high-risk populations and make “readily available” hand sanitizers and sanitizing products.
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.
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.
Texas: Gov. Abbott issued an order allowing a partial reopening of businesses in Texas beginning May 1. The order applies to businesses to the extent that they were not previously designated as “essential” during the state’s previous stay in place orders. The order mostly applies to nonessential retail businesses, which are permitted to reopen at 25% of their listed occupancy.
For employers, Texas has provided this checklist (PDF) on safe operations during this stage of the governor’s reopening plan. The governor also lifted travel restrictions for those traveling from Louisiana but kept many in place for travelers from other areas of the country affected by COVID-19, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Washington state, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Miami.
West Virginia: Gov. Justice issued West Virginia’s plan (PDF) for partial reopening, including stages for relaxed restrictions on different business types and sizes.
Updated April 27 @ 10:45 AM
What you need to know! States are beginning to open up businesses — with restrictions in place. Essential businesses are being required to institute strict sanitation programs, as well as requiring workers to wear face masks while on premise. Social distancing is also a required practice. If you are open or plan to open, it is highly recommended that you first institute these workplace practices. Both federal and state safety agencies are inspecting workplaces for COVID-19 safety violations.
Michigan: The Governor extended her state's stay-at-home order through May 15. The order allows landscapers and lawn-service companies as well as bike shops and plant nurseries to resume operations as long as social distancing rules are followed. Stores selling nonessential goods must remain closed to in-person shopping but can now fulfill orders for curbside pickup or deliveries.
The new order still broadly prohibits nonessential in-person work and requires, rather than recommends, the wearing of face coverings in public spaces such as grocery stores. Employers are now required to provide non-medical face coverings to employees
Updated April 24 @ 12:40 PM
We continue to see states extend their shelter in place orders, and more states are providing information on their strategies to open up for business. As always, any questions, please contact me at email@example.com.
Extensions of orders:
- Illinois: Extended order through May 30th
- North Carolina: Extended order through May 8th
- New Mexico: Extended order through May 15th
Alaska: Gov. Dunleavy issued a health order allowing the limited reopening of nonessential businesses and in-person retail establishments as soon as April 24. The order preempts any local restrictions and requires reopening businesses to practice social distancing, sanitization and other operational limitations as part of this phase.
Idaho: Idaho issued its “Idaho Rebounds” plan with a staged reopening protocol that would allow some non-essential businesses to resume service during the first half of May and charge non-essential businesses with developing plans toward reopening in the back half of May if certain public health criterial are met.
Illinois: In addition to announcing an extension of the state’s stay in place order, Gov. Pritzker introduced new restrictions on manufacturers, including requirements to provide face coverings to employees who cannot practice social distancing, and limiting operations to "essential" lines of production. Language regarding manufacturing includes:
- ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURING: Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, as well as follow new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers. This will include occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers.
Montana: Gov. Bullock issued a health directive extending the stay at home order just a few days longer, until April 27, with a plan to reopen some non-essential retail businesses thereafter. Employers are asked to keep common areas closed during this phase of reopening and minimize non-essential travel. The order permits bars and restaurants to begin operating again on May 4th under strict social distancing standards.
Oklahoma: Gov. Stitt released an “Open Up and Recover Safely” plan that calls for reopening some non-essential retail businesses between April 24 and May 1, with a goal of lifting restrictions further by May 15. Employers in Oklahoma are asked to keep common areas closed, practice social distancing and minimize non-essential travel.
Updated April 23 @ 10:50 AM
States continue to roll out plans to reopen businesses, as well as establish requirements regarding social distancing and wearing face masks. Any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California: San Francisco recently issued a new rule requiring the use of face coverings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Individuals now must wear a face covering when they are:
- Waiting in line to go inside a store;
- Shopping at a store;
- On public transportation (or waiting for it);
- In a taxi or rideshare vehicle;
- Seeking healthcare;
- Going into facilities allowed to stay open, like government buildings; and
- Working an essential job that interacts with the public
It is expected that other Bay Area counties will establish similar rules and practices.
Texas: Dallas, Bexar (San Antonio) and Travis (Austin) counties are requiring face coverings at work. While Dallas’s order does not specify whose responsibility it is to ensure that affected employees do in fact wear face coverings, Bexar county’s order explicitly states that the employer is responsible for providing face coverings and for training in their use. Similarly, the Travis County order provides that employers shall ensure compliance with the face covering requirements.
Beginning Friday, April 24, non-essential retail services may reopen by utilizing a “retail-to-go” model. That means that goods and services may be provided through pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep in strict compliance with requirements developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
The agency has issued guidance for employers, employees and customers of reopened retail services. Based on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the DSHS mandates that all employees of reopened retailers must:
- Be trained on environmental cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette;
- Be screened before entry into the business for new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, fever or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19;
- Wash or sanitize hands upon entering the business premises;
- Wear face coverings; and
- Maintain at least six feet of separation between one another.
Updated April 22 @ 11:45 AM
While several states are still extending their orders, other are starting to make plans to reopen their states. Read on for these critical updates.
Extension of orders:
- Pennsylvania: Extended stay at home order for individuals until May 8th. Extended the requirement for businesses to provide face coverings to employees until May 8th.
Colorado: Gov. Polis indicated that the stay-at-home order will expire on April 26th. He released a "back to work" plan that outlines the conditions under which CO might relax its "stay at home" order to a lesser "safer at home" standard. The relaxation to the lesser standard is dependent on number of new infections and hospitalizations. In reviewing the Governor’s timetable, it appears that even the lesser order will remain in effect until November 2020.
Georgia: Gov. Kemp issued an order lifting some of the stay at home requirements for Georgia beginning April 27 to allow minimum basic operations at some in-person retail locations in the state. These retail operations include fitness centers, bowling alleys, and hair salons, to name a few. Social distancing and other precautions are required. The order continues to exempt from effect of the order essential businesses defined under the federal CISA guidelines.
South Carolina: Gov. McMaster issued an order allowing a series of “non-essential” retail establishments to begin reopening, a step toward gradual reopening of the state. Retail businesses that begin reopening for operations must enforce an occupancy limit of no more than 20% of the establishment and practice social distancing and sanitization practices. Retail stores to begin reopening include:
- (a) Furniture and home-furnishings stores
- (b) Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores
- (c) Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
- (d) Department stores, with the exception of hardware and home-improvement stores
- (e) Sporting goods stores
- (f) Book, craft, and music stores
- (g) Flea markets
- (h) Florists and flower stores
Tennessee: Gov. Lee has indicated that he would lift the stay at home order for much of the state beginning April 27, and not extend the order in its current form past April 30 except for Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, and Sullivan counties — where the governor said he would work with local public health officials to indicate their own reopening strategies. Further details will be provided as they become available.
Updated April 21 @ 9:30 AM
We continue to monitor actions taken by the states. As states start to consider how to reopen businesses, we encourage you to check back often or contact us directly at email@example.com. Right now, states are continuing to extend their stay in place orders, as well as issue new requirements for those businesses that are operating. As many printing establishments are considered essential businesses based on state stay or shelter in place orders, it is critical that you follow the established policies.
OSHA, as well as state safety and health agencies, are responding to employee complaints received about COVID-19 and workplace protections through both letters and inspections.
As always, any questions or need additional information please contact us!
Extensions of Orders:
- Indiana: Extended until May 1st
Other Important Updates:
Colorado: Gov. Polis signed a new executive order requiring workers in essential businesses to wear masks or face coverings while working and, when in customer-facing role or handling goods, wear gloves where possible. The order expires on May 17 and mandates the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to issue additional guidance. We will continue to follow this issue and provide additional information as it becomes available.
Connecticut: Gov. Lamont signed an executive order requiring individuals to wear face coverings in public, including places of work, when unable to maintain a safe social distance. The order charges Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development to issue guidance on face coverings. The guidance states that employers must issue face coverings to employees, provide them with materials and a CDC tutorial on how to make their own mask, or “compensate employees for the reasonable and necessary costs employees expend on such materials to make their own masks or cloth face covering.” The requirement takes effect on Monday, April 20 and lasts for the duration of the state of emergency.
Updated April 20 @ 9:45 AM
The great news that the CISA guidance was updated to specifically include printing and packaging provided a great lift to both the weekend and the industry. We are still working through details as to how this new guidance will be implemented by states that adopted the CISA guidance for their definitions of “essential business.”
Here are a few updates:
- Mississippi: Extended until April 27th
- Indiana: Expected that the order will be extended until May 1st.
Texas: On April 17, Gov. Abbott established by executive order his “Strike Force to Reopen Texas,” which outlines the governor’s “expectation that it [the stay at home order] will not be extended in its current form” past May 1st. This does not signal the end of the order but does call on the Strike Force to develop recommendations before May 1 on the gradual return to normal business in Texas.
On April 16, the Dallas County imposed new requirements that individuals who work in essential businesses to wear face masks “to the greatest extent possible” when performing work. Individuals who are patronizing essential businesses or riding mass transit are also required to cover their face, and essential businesses are permitted to turn away patrons who are not wearing face coverings.
Washington: Employers are required to take extra measures to accommodate employees characterized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be at higher than normal risk of severe illness or death if they contract COVID-19. Governor Inslee issued a proclamation prohibiting all Washington employers, both public and private, from failing to provide accommodations to high-risk workers, defined by the CDC as:
- Employees age 65 or older
- Employees with serious underlying health conditions, including:
- Moderate to severe asthma
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Chronic kidney disease, undergoing dialysis
- Liver disease
- Severe obesity
- A condition that renders the employee immunocompromised, such as HIV or cancer treatment.
The measures discussed below are triggered only if the high-risk employee requests such an accommodation. There is no obligation to affirmatively provide accommodations if the employee has not initiated the process. But the Proclamation also implies that you cannot force a high-risk employee to accept an accommodation such as a reassignment or leave if the employee has not requested an accommodation; the discretion lies with the employee.
Between now and June 12 (subject to extension by the Governor), all employers must take the following steps:
- If a high-risk employee requests to be protected against exposure to COVID-19, you must utilize all available options for alternative work assignments, such as telework, remote work locations, reassignment, and social distancing measures.
- If you determine that a reasonable accommodation of the high-risk employee through alternative work arrangements is not possible, you must permit the employee to take leave if he or she chooses to do so. The employee must be provided the discretion to file for unemployment benefits or to use any accrued company-provided leave (such as sick leave, vacation, or PTO) in any order the employee chooses.
- If the high-risk employee takes a leave of absence and exhausts all of his or her accrued paid time off, you must continue to fully maintain all provided health insurance benefits until the employee can return to work. (You should check with your health insurance plan to ensure that the plan will allow continuation of benefits for an employee on unpaid leave, as that is not always permitted, creating a conundrum for those attempting to comply with the Governor’s mandate).
- Finally, you may not permanently replace any high-risk employee who exercises his or her rights to an alternative work assignment and/or to take leave. (You may, however, still hire temporary employees so long as it does not negatively impact the high-risk employee’s right to eventually return to work. In addition, you still may take employment actions, such as a reduction in force, when no work reasonably exists).
Updated April 17 @ 3:35 PM
States continue to issue extensions to the shelter in place orders as well as place additional responsibilities on essential businesses. Read on for specific state updates.
Extensions of Orders:
- Missouri: Extended order until May 3rd. Mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City extended their shelter in place orders until May 15th
- New York: Extended order until May 15th
- Wisconsin: Extended order until May 26th
Governors in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky announced a plan to coordinate on the reopening of the economy following the coronavirus pandemic.
Rhode Island: Governor Gina Raimondo issued an Executive Order which takes effect Saturday, April 18, 2020, requiring that all customer/client-facing businesses and non-profit organizations, all office space businesses and non-profit organizations, and any other business categories determined by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation (“DBR”) that are still in operation, provide their employees cloth face coverings to wear while at work. The only exception to the Executive Order are for employees who can easily, continuously, and measurably maintain at least six (6) feet of distance from other employees for the duration of his or her work day. All such employees must wear face coverings in any common areas of the business, including, but not limited to, any entry, exit and common areas of the business, any check-in, registration, or reception area, hallways, bathrooms, break rooms, time clock areas, elevators, and stairways.
Businesses that are still in operation and fit the description of businesses covered by the Executive Order must provide face coverings at their own expense, or the materials for the making of such covering by their employees. Such coverings or materials must be made available staff-wide or individually upon employee request so long as the result is an organization-wide use of face coverings. Employees must also be allowed to fashion their own face coverings if they so determine.
Updated April 16 @ 12:05 PM
We continue to follow the states as they take further actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Extensions of Orders:
- Alaska: The Mayor of Anchorage extended his order until May 4th.
- Idaho: Extended order until April 30th. State has imposed a self-quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers, with exceptions for essential purpose travel.
- Kansas: Extended order until May 3rd
This is a new topic area as states are starting to develop plans regarding reopening activities. TO DATE: No state has lifted its shelter in place order, to the best of our knowledge. This information is provided to keep you updated on all issues related to this pandemic.
- The governors of California, Oregon, and Washington announced their intention to work as a group on lifting stay at home orders and reopening commerce.
- The Governors of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts have announced their intention to work as a group on lifting stay at home orders and reopening commerce.
Pennsylvania: A new Department of Health order issued April 15 requires businesses that are maintaining operations in Pennsylvania to provide masks for employees to wear during the normal course of daily operations. The order states that businesses that have been approved to continue operations must:
- Provide masks for employees to wear during their time at the business, and make it a mandatory requirement to wear masks while on the work site, except to the extent an employee is using break time to eat or drink, in accordance with the guidance from the Department of Health and the CDC. Employers may approve masks obtained or made by employees in accordance with Department of Health guidance
The order also imposes additional operational requirements of businesses in Pennsylvania, including staggering work and break start and stop times, limiting access to common areas and enforcing social distancing within break spaces, conducting meetings virtually, providing employees with access to regular handwashing, and prohibiting visits by non-essential persons.
The order also offers detailed requirements of businesses that have been exposed to a person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19. Requirements include:
- Closing off and ventilating areas visited by an infected person for 24 hours before disinfecting those areas
- Identifying employees who were in close contact with a possibly infected person, notify them of such, monitor them for symptoms and dispatch them from work if they become sick, and implement CDC Guidance for employees who interacted with an infected person
- Implementation of temperature screenings before work or work shifts, and send home employees with a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
Compliance with the order is due by April 19 at 8:00 p.m., and Gov. Wolf has authorized the following agencies to enforce the order:
- Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
- Department of Health
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Labor and Industry
- Pennsylvania State Police
- Local officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions
Updated April 15 @ 11:00 AM
Based on reports, it appears that states are continuing to implement current shelter in place orders. No new extensions have been issued. SGIA is in the process of updating, if applicable, state unemployment and sick leave information. Key updates are below:
District of Columbia: The District of Columbia amended the District’s sick leave law (the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008) by creating a new category of “emergency” sick leave for reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Act also expands the circumstances in which District residents who lost work due to the pandemic can receive unemployment insurance benefits. The Act is effective as of April 10 and will remain in effect for 90 days, but the legislature is expected to take further action that will keep the Act in effect for at least 270 days.
Under the Act, employers with between 50 and 499 employees that are not healthcare providers must provide two full weeks of paid sick leave—up to 80 hours—for employees who need to take leave for any reason for which employees may take leave under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Employers in the District must notify their employees of their new rights to take leave under the Act and provide the leave to eligible employees who need it.
Washington: The Seattle City Council made sweeping changes to its Paid Sick and Safe Time ordinance to cover additional absences. These amendments appear to remain in effect even when there is no public-health emergency.
The State of Washington has issued emergency rules expanding unemployment benefits available to employees whose hours were reduced or have temporarily been laid off for COVID‑19 related reasons.
Effective March 18, the Seattle amendments to the Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) ordinance allow employees working within the Seattle city limits to use PSST for the following additional reasons:
- When an employee’s family member’s school or place of care closes;
- When an employee’s place of business has been closed by order of public official for health-related reasons;
- For employees employed by a business of 250 or more full-time equivalent employees worldwide, when their place of business reduces operations or closes for any health or safety reason. The closure need not be ordered or recommended by a public official; and
- Potentially when public-health officials recommend employees self-quarantine.
Washington state’s law mandates paid sick leave for non-exempt employees. The State of Washington has not yet amended its paid sick time law to include additional reasons related to COVID-19, nor has the Department of Labor and Industries adopted any new regulations. The state has, however, provided helpful guidance related to using Washington paid sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons.
Since early March, Washington’s Employment Security Department (ESD) has been expanding unemployment benefits, including those available through its standby program. The standby unemployment program is a valuable resource for employers who need to temporarily shut down or reduce operations. The program provides employees whose hours are temporarily reduced with access to unemployment benefits, without having to seek other work while they are waiting to be recalled by their current employer.
The ESD extended the number of weeks that employees can be eligible for the standby program from 8 to 12 weeks. In addition, the recently enacted emergency rules grant the ESD the authority to extend access to standby program for additional weeks, if an employer can show extraordinary circumstances. The new emergency rules recognize temporary shutdowns or reductions in operations related to a COVID-19 infection at the place of business as an extraordinary circumstance, to be assessed by ESD on a case-by-case basis.
Updated April 14 @ 9:40 AM
We continue to see states extending their original shelter in place orders. The orders do not affect states’ decisions regarding essential business determinations. Here are the latest state updates:
Extension of orders:
- Maryland: Extended indefinitely
- South Carolina: Extended until April 27th
- Tennessee: Extended until April 30th
Illinois: The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) issued a proposed emergency rule, effective April 13th, allowing employees of essential businesses who are diagnosed with COVID-19 to apply for workers’ compensation benefits. The rule would pose challenges for employers to prove that infected individuals contracted the illness outside of the workplace.
New York: Gov. Cuomo signed an executive order requiring employers to provide masks to essential employees who interact with the public. The order requires “any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.” Also per the order, “Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees.”
Updated April 13 @ 9:30 AM
While the Trump Administration has indicated a desire to reopen the country May 1, it is acknowledged that these decisions are in the hands of states and localities. We are starting to see more areas extend their shelter in place orders as well as enact additional travel restrictions. The following provides a brief update.
Extensions of shelter in place orders:
- Alaska: Extended until April 20th
- Connecticut: Extended until Mary 20th
- Michigan: Extended until April 30th
- Vermont: Extended until May 15th
Utah: Gov. Herbert signed an order requiring visitors to Utah to complete a “travel declaration form” that includes information like point of entry, contact information, COVID-19- related health information, travel information prior to arrival, final destination, and travel companions. The order applies to air travelers and motorists alike, who are required to complete the form within three hours of arriving in Utah. This order will remain in effect through May 1, and appears to apply to all travelers, including those who arrive for essential business functions. The program is administered by the Utah Dept. of Transportation.
Updated April 10 @ 12:05 PM
Extensions of Shelter in Place Orders:
- Michigan: Extended until April 30th
- Minnesota: Extended until May 4th
California: Los Angeles has enacted a COVID-19 Sick Leave Ordinance, requiring that employers provide employees with sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons. This new ordinance applies to companies with more than 500 employees in within the city of Los Angeles or 2,000 or more employees within the United States.
New York: The Governor issued new guidance further clarifying essential businesses. Printing has been listed as follows: designing, printing, publishing and signage companies to the extent that they support essential businesses or services. (Emphasis added.)
Updated April 9 @ 10:50 AM
The trend continues as states extend the dates for shelter in place orders, as well as requiring essential businesses to take additional steps while operating. Key state updates include:
Extensions of Shelter in Place Orders:
- Delaware: Now expires May 15th
- Montana: Now expires April 24th
Minnesota: The state’s shelter in place order, which now remains in effect until May 4, adopts Section 4 the federal CISA guidelines as definitions for “critical” businesses, and adds additional critical manufacturing exemptions:
- Critical manufacturing. This includes the critical manufacturing workers listed in the Updated CISA Guidance and the following: Workers supporting iron ore mining and processing operations and supplier/vendor industries essential to such mining and processing operations. ii. Workers supporting printing operations that supply other Critical Sectors. Other printing workers are not exempted. (Emphasis added.)
The order also adds language that narrowly defines the extent of the exemption for the stay in place order for individual company personnel:
These critical services exemptions apply only to travel to and from an individual’s home or residence and place of work and an individual’s performance of work duties that cannot be done at their home or residence. Travel may include transportation to and from childcare or school settings as necessary to ensure the safe care of children.
New Jersey: Gov. Murphy said he would soon sign a new executive order tightening rules around New Jersey’s stay in place order. The order seeks to halt “non-essential” construction and issues new operational requirements for manufacturers and warehouse facilities in the state. The order imposes additional business operation for continuing, essential construction projects, manufacturing businesses in New Jersey and warehousing businesses including:
- Prohibiting worksite visits from non-essential visitors
- Limiting onsite meetings to fewer than 10 people
- Requiring social distancing of 6+ feet
- Staggering work start/stop times, lunch breaks and work times “when practicable” to promote operational safety
- Restrict number of people who can access common areas (restrooms, breakrooms) concurrently
- Require infection control practices (hand washing, proper tissue disposal)
- Limit sharing of tools, equipment and machinery
- Providing sanitization materials to workers and visitors
- Require frequent sanitization of “high-touch” areas (restrooms, breakrooms, equipment, machinery)
The order also provides extensive requirements for workers and visitors to wear protective coverings. Requirements include:
- Workers and visitors wearing cloth face coverings in accordance with CDC recommendations while on premises (except when doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or if the person is under 2-years-old)
- Workers wearing gloves on premises
- Businesses must provide at their expense these face coverings and gloves for employees
- Refusing entry to visitors who refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons
- Individuals are not required to produce medical documentation if they refuse to comply for stated medical condition
Those business are also required to implement the following protocol, including:
- Separating and sending home workers who present symptoms consistent with COVID19 upon arrival at work or during the day
- Promptly notifying workers of known COVID-19 exposures on the worksite
- Clean and disinfect affected worksites in accordance with CDC guidance
North Dakota: The ND Department of Public health issued travel restrictions requiring those traveling from international destinations and from outside the state to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The order exempts critical infrastructure workers as defined by the federal CISA guidance.
The mayors of Fargo and West Fargo issued a limited “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order with no apparent impact on manufacturers. The order reinforces Gov. Burgum’s directives, urges retail businesses to limit occupancy and encourages other businesses that continue operating to practice social distancing, sanitization and telework.
Pennsylvania: Gov. Wolf signed a new executive order authorizing state agencies to “commandeer and utilize all PPE, pharmaceuticals, and other medical resources required” within the state to respond to COVID-19, seizing these items “from all private, public, and quasi-public health care providers and facilities, as well as manufacturers and suppliers of PPE, pharmaceuticals, and other medical resources located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” Companies “are required to submit current inventory quantities of PPE, pharmaceuticals, and other medical resources” to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency by April 13. Finally, the order pledges to compensate those entities from whom the state commandeers PPE, pharmaceuticals and other medical resources “under terms and conditions agreed upon.” The compensation price of those items “shall be the average price at which the same or similar consumer goods or services were obtainable in the affected areas during the last seven days immediately prior to March 6, 2020.
Utah: On March 28, Gov. Herbert issued recommendations that Utahns stay at home, but the order specifies that it is not a “stay in place” order. Utah is one of the few states yet to issue a statewide order. None of the locale specific orders explicitly close broad categories of businesses beyond retail establishments like hairdressers or in-person restaurant services, Salt Lake County, Weber-Morgan Counties, and Wasatch County all incorporate by reference the federal CISA guidance as examples of essential businesses at which persons are permitted to leave their home for work. Davis and Tooele Counties encourage businesses to minimize in-person operations, while Summit County simply extends a state of emergency in response to COVID19.
Updated April 8 @ 10:55 AM
Extended Stay in Place Orders:
- Colorado’s order has been extended to April 30th.
- New Mexico’s order has been extended to April 30th.
California: Six Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley just implemented new expanded Shelter-in-Place Orders, extending the restrictions to May 3, 2020 and including additional requirements on Essential Businesses maintaining operations in each locality. The biggest change requires operating Essential Businesses to prepare, implement, and post Social Distancing Protocols at each of their facilities. The protocol must be posted at or near the entrance of each facility, so it is easily viewable by the public and employees. It also must be provided to each employee performing work at each facility.
The new Orders have made clear Social Distancing Protocols must include and implement the following at a minimum.
- Post signage at the entrance of facility instructing all individuals to:
- avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever,
- maintain a six-foot distance from one another;
- cough or sneeze into one’s elbow; and
- not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical conduct;
- Limit the number of people who can enter their facility at one time;
- Ensure people can easily maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another except when required to complete the Essential Business Activity;
- If lines form at the Essential Business, mark at least six-foot increments to establish and control where individuals are standing;
- Provide adequate hand sanitizers near the entrance of facilities and in other appropriate high touch areas (i.e. entrances and cashiers);
- If feasible, implement and provide contactless payment systems or at least provide accessible sanitizers so all payment portals, pens, and styluses can be disinfected;
- Implement regular disinfecting procedures for cleaning high-touch services; and
- Any other additional social distancing measures being implemented.
Oregon: Oregon OSHA has announced its intent to conduct surprise inspections to investigate alleged violations raised by the over 1,000 employee complaints received. Employers in Oregon have a general duty to provide a safe and healthful workplace for their employees under the Oregon Safe Employment Act (OSEA). Workplaces must be free of recognized hazards that can cause or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Oregon OSHA recognizes exposure to COVID-19 as a potential workplace hazard.
South Dakota: Gov. Noem issued new statewide recommendations to stay in place, and requirements that vulnerable individuals in the Sioux City area do so unless they work in an essential business as defined by federal CISA guidelines. Download SGIA’s How To Prove You are An Essential Business article for more information.
Washington: The Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health (WA-OSHA) has issued an enforcement policy for essential businesses. Under this policy, employers must institute the following prevention program elements or equivalent protections to limit the spread of the disease within the workplace under DOSH rules and in connection to the Governor’s Order. These procedures are specific to COVID-19 prevention and the related virus:
- Educate workers (and customers) about COVID-19 and how to prevent virus spread.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of spacing at all times or provide physical barriers.
- Regular cleaning of area, frequent cleaning of common-touch surfaces.
- Workers must have facilities for frequent handwashing readily available, including hot and cold (or tepid) running water and soap.
Updated April 7 @ 9:55 AM
As the pandemic crisis continues, we are beginning to see states extend their original stay in place orders, as well as offer additional clarifications or restrictions. Just in case you missed it, SGIA posted information on the newly released regulations issued by the Department of Labor on implementation of the enhanced Family and Medical Leave Act. By now, you should have your required signs posted in your workplace. If not, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Here is your daily state update:
New York: On March 22, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued guidance through Empire State Development for businesses to reduce their in-office presence by 100% with the exception of those manufacturers considered “essential.” This stay in place order was extended until April 29.
Puerto Rico: The government of Puerto Rico has imposed some of the most severe restrictions on businesses, ordering most businesses closed including manufacturers. Manufacturers may petition for exemptions under these guidelines. The Governor’s order follows the CISA recommendations.
South Carolina: There is updated information regarding travel restrictions currently in place. The travel restrictions were clarified to exempt essential businesses as defined by federal CISA guidance from self-quarantine requirements.
Updated April 6 @ 11:45 AM
IMPORTANT: We are starting to see a trend not only in travel restrictions but regarding the actual operation of businesses that are deemed essential. It is critical that you stay up to date on this information. SGIA strives to provide information as it becomes available but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com.
Alabama: Alabama’s State Public Health Officer issued a stay at home order that lasts until April 30, but which allows individuals to leave their homes to work at “essential” businesses including manufacturing, along with those industries identified by federal CISA guidance. The guidance states that clarifies that essential employers may issue credentials to their employees to describe their work at an essential facility, but are not required to do so. SGIA has provided a sample letter for this purpose here.
Georgia: Gov. Kemp issued an executive order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more people and ordering Georgians to stay in place, with exemptions for “essential” businesses as defined by the federal CISA guidance, along with “suppliers which provide essential goods and services to the critical infrastructure workforce.” Companies that continue in-person operations are required to implement mitigation efforts, including telework, sanitization and optional health screenings including temperature checks for employees. The order empowers the Georgia Department of Economic Development to issue clarity as needed. Significantly, the order also supersedes orders issued by cities or counties in Georgia, including a problematic order as written by the city of Atlanta. The order is effective until April 13.
SGIA has developed a sanitation guide for use by the printing industry.
Maryland: The state, in response to the pandemic, has established three key COVID-19 Business Assistance Programs. The Maryland Department of Commerce is offering three new business assistance programs. Please check out their site for all the details of these relief programs. The programs being offered are:
Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund
This $75 million loan fund offers working capital to assist Maryland for-profit small businesses with disrupted operations due to COVID-19. This loan fund offers loans with no interest or principal payments due for the first 12 months, which then convert to a 36-month term requiring principal and interest payments thereafter, with an interest rate at 2% per annum.
Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund
This $50 million grant fund offers working capital to assist Maryland small businesses and nonprofits with disrupted operations due to COVID-19. This program offers grant amounts up to $10,000.
Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund
This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) that is needed by hospitals and healthcare workers across the country
Maryland Tax Extensions - Maryland business and individual income taxpayers will be given a 90-day extension for tax payments. No interest or penalty for late payments will be imposed if 2019 tax payments are made by July 15, 2020. Business-related tax filing deadlines have been extended to June 1, 2020. Businesses who already paid their Maryland Sales and Use Taxes for March may request a refund of their payments.
Missouri: Gov. Parson issued a stay at home order, allowing Missourians to leave their home to work at “essential” businesses as defined by the federal CISA guidance. Companies that continue operations must continue to practice social distancing and sanitization. Check out SGIA’s sanitation guide.
The order is to be enforced statewide, but allows cities or counties to make additional rules as long as nothing conflicts with the statewide order. Several localities had previously imposed stay in place orders: St. Louis County issued a shelter in place order from March 23 through April 22 but with specific exemptions for manufacturers, their distributors, and supply chain. The City of St. Louis issued a similar order. Jackson County, Missouri (which covers Kansas City) issued a March 22 “stay at home” order matched by other Kansas counties that includes essential designations for the “manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries.” The city of Maryville, MO imposed a stay in place order on March 29, exempting several “critical manufacturing” businesses
Pennsylvania: A new state department of health order laying out new cleaning standards for large buildings that remain open during the COVID-19 shutdown starts soon. Health officials have stressed COVID-19 is a contagious disease that is rapidly spreading from person to person in Pennsylvania.
This new order outlines what additional cleaning protocols need to be in place at larger life-sustaining businesses that remain open. Pennsylvania has established COVID-19 cleaning rules for big buildings of at least 50,000 square feet. Owners must maintain usual cleaning and follow CDC guidelines to routinely clean and disinfect areas that are often touched.
SGIA has developed a sanitation guide and checklist following CDC guidelines.
San Diego: No later than 12:00 a.m. on April 7, 2020, all businesses that remain in operation in accordance with city’s shelter in place order must meet the following:
- All businesses that remain in operation in accordance with the Order and that allow members of the public to enter a facility must prepare and post a “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” on the form attached to the Order for each of their facilities open to the public in the county.
- The Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol must be posted at or near the entrance of the relevant facility, and shall be easily viewable by the public and employees.
- A copy of the Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol must also be provided to each employee performing work at the facility.
- All businesses shall implement the Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol and provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing this Order upon demand.
- The Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol must ensure all required measures are implemented and must identify and require measures necessary to implement social distancing and sanitation at that facility.
- If the measures identified and implemented are not effective in maintaining proper social distancing and sanitation, additional measures shall be identified and implemented, or the facility shall be closed.
South Carolina: Gov. McMaster issued a stay in place order closing “non-essential” businesses in South Carolina, including entertainment venues, recreational and athletic facilities, and close contact service providers. Manufacturers are not specifically named within those businesses that are subject to close under the order, and do not appear to be subject to any order to close. The order specifies that the South Carolina Department of Commerce is empowered to additional clarifying regulations and answer questions at the following contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 803-734-2873. The order will last for as long as a state of emergency is in effect for South Carolina.
Washington: Gov. Inslee extended until May 4 his “stay at home” executive order shuttering all non-essential businesses in Washington State until April 6. The order incorporates by reference the federal CISA guidance as the designation of essential manufacturing businesses. Washington issued a critical infrastructure clarification document alongside the order, which mirrors the CISA guidance. Businesses seeking clarification as to whether their business qualifies as essential under this guidance can email email@example.com.
Updated April 3 @ 10:45 AM
The following updates on State actions are provided, and as always, you are encouraged to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any state specific questions you might have! These updates cover any new information on “stay in place” orders as well as travel restrictions that states have imposed.
Georgia: Gov. Kemp issued an executive order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more people and ordering Georgians to stay in place, with exemptions for “essential” businesses as defined by the federal CISA guidance, along with “suppliers which provide essential goods and services to the critical infrastructure workforce.” Companies that continue in-person operations are required to implement mitigation efforts, including telework, sanitization, and optional health screenings including temperature checks for employees. The order empowers the Georgia Department of Economic Development to issue clarity as needed. Significantly, the order also supersedes orders issued by cities or counties in Georgia, including a problematic order as written by the city of Atlanta. The order is effective until April 13.
Kansas: On March 31, the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment instituted new rules mandating travelers from certain states and jurisdictions, including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Louisiana, California, Washington, and Colorado. Travelers from these states are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state. The order exempts travelers for essential purposes as established by the federal CISA guidelines.
Ohio: Gov. Mike DeWine extended the state’s stay in place order through May 1 and adopted a mandatory self-quarantine for out-of-state visitors. The order provides exemptions from both requirements for “essential” businesses, which the updated order defines as those industries identified by the federal CISA guidance as well as added language for manufacturing:
Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries. Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications, as well as products used by other Essential Businesses and Operations.
The order also provides a dispute settlement mechanism for instances where local orders might be in conflict, directing the Ohio Department of Public Health to settle the matter. Businesses that remain operational must enforce six-foot distances in between customers, provide hand sanitizers and provide hours during which vulnerable populations can patronize those businesses.
Tennessee: Gov. Lee signed an executive order requiring those in Tennessee to stay in place until April 14, with exemptions for essential business as defined by his earlier Executive Order. This previous order had closed most businesses and established the framework for "essential" businesses, but had only "urged" individuals to stay in place. Essential businesses are allowed to continue operating, as the state incorporated the federal CISA guidance, as well as adding additional exemptions for manufacturers:
Manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries. This includes but is not limited to: manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, bio technology, healthcare, chemicals, sanitation, waste pick up and disposal, agriculture and agricultural products, food and beverage, household consumer products, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, Defense and National Defense, and communications, as well as products used by or component parts of other Essential Services.
Updated April 2 @ 10:25 AM
As the pandemic continues, states continue to refine their “stay in place” orders as well as issue additional travel restrictions. Here are today’s updates:
California Bay Area Counties:
On March 31, seven counties in the San Francisco Bay area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sonoma, and Santa Clara Counties) issued new, more restrictive stay in place orders that requires all individuals to stay in their homes and prohibits travel except for work at essential businesses. The orders mirror one another in imposing more limited definitions of “essential” businesses in a way that could impact manufacturers. The does not contain language exempting manufacturing as essential business. Companies not designated as essential are permitted to perform Minimum Basic Operations and permit employee travel for those operations. Minimum necessary activities have been designated as: activities to maintain and protect the value of the business’s inventory and facilities; ensure security, safety, and sanitation; process payroll and employee benefits; provide for the delivery of existing inventory directly to residences or businesses; and related functions.
On March 31, Gov. Carney issued travel restrictions requiring visitors from out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry to the state, clarifying the order “shall not apply to individuals commuting into Delaware to work for an Essential Business.”
On April 1, Gov. DeSantis issued a stay at home order that requires those in Florida to limit movements outside the home to only essential activities. The order defines “essential” activities exempt from the order as those defined in the federal CISA guidance as well as those identified in an earlier, partial-state stay at home order which adopted Miami-Dade County’s own order, which mostly focused on closing non-essential retail businesses, but established that “Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses” were permitted as essential. No subsequent order appears to do anything to affect that essential designation. The new executive order extends until April 30 and supersedes any local order to the extent that it allows activities prohibited by the new statewide order.
The Governor has also issued some restrictions for out-of-state travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state. The order “shall not apply to … persons involved in any commercial activity.”
On April 1, Gov. Mills issued a stay in place order that adopted as its standard for exempt “essential” activity the definition established by his March 24 order to close all non-essential to businesses close operations. The order adopts by reference CISA guidance on essential businesses and adds additional exemption for “industrial manufacturing.” The order extends until April 30.
On March 31, Gov. Sisolak issued a stay at home order for Nevada that exempts from enforcement those leaving their home to work at an “Essential Licensed Business” as established by his March 20 emergency order. That document includes exemptions for “essential infrastructure operations, including … manufacturing.” Companies that remain in operation must practice social distancing and other mitigation policies. The March 31 order extends the stay in place order until April 30.
On April 1, Gov. Stitt issued a new executive order that applies statewide that prohibits mass gatherings larger than 10 people, closes non-essential businesses, and which clarifies previous self-quarantine orders to make exemptions for essential businesses. The latest order adopts the federal CISA guidance as Oklahoma’s definition of essential businesses and adds to it a number of additional manufacturing sectors, including printing and related support activities as included under Critical Manufacturing. The order maintains a mandatory, 14-day self-quarantine for those arriving in Oklahoma from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Washington, California, or Louisiana. The new order exempts from this travel restriction workers who come into the state under the order’s definition of essential businesses.
On March 31, Gov. McMaster issued an order that specified a number of businesses in the state that are “non-essential” and subject to closure, including entertainment venues, recreational and athletic facilities, and close-contact service providers. Manufacturers are not specifically named within those businesses that are subject to close under the order. The order specifies that the South Carolina Department of Commerce is empowered to additional clarifying regulations and answer questions at the following contact information: email@example.com or at 803-734-2873. The order will last for as long as a state of emergency is in effect for South Carolina.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management issued an update to its travel restriction guidance to clarify that businesses identified as essential in Order GA-14 are considered essential and do not need to apply for a waiver under the travel restrictions put into place in previous orders. The state’s Order follows the CSIA guidance document. The agency emphasized that employees of companies covered by the CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure Guidance should carry a letter from their employer identifying them as such and stating that they are traveling for a business purpose.
For up to date information on orders issued in Texas, go here.
Updated April 1 @ 11:00 AM
SGIA continues to follow state activities related to COVID-19. For a more complete look at state activities related to stay in place orders visit SGIA Advocacy for more information.
Arizona: On March 30, Governor Ducey issued executive order 2020-18 “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” going into effect March 31 at 5:00 pm and expiring on April 30. The order in Section 11(c) defines essential businesses exempt from the stay in place order as being those previously defined in the executive order. That order designated manufacturing businesses as essential. The March 30 order requires that businesses that continue functioning implement social distancing and follow CDC guidelines for sanitizing areas. Section 15, again clarifies that “no county, city, or town may make or issue any order, rule, or regulation that restricts or prohibits any person from performing any function designated by either the Governor.”
Illinois: Governor Pritzker announced that he would be signing an order to extend the state’s stay in place order until April 30th.
Florida: On March 30, Gov. DeSantis signed a stay at home order covering Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties in South Florida. The order adopts the essential business guidelines adopted by Miami-Dade County in its first stay in place order, and subsequent amendments to that order restricting additional businesses or institutions. That first order was mostly focused on closing non-essential retail businesses but established in Section 2(ee) that “Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses” were permitted as essential. It does not appear that the subsequent orders affect the previously issued essential business designations. This current order expires on April 15.
Louisiana: Governor Edwards announced that he would be signing an order to extend the state’s stay in place order until April 30th.
Massachusetts: Governor Baker extended the state’s sty in place order through May 4th and issued updated guidance on essential businesses to conform with the updated federal CISA guidance, though it does not formally incorporate that guidance as its own. The list does list a number of manufacturing sectors as part of its lengthy list of essential businesses.
Travelers from outside of Massachusetts are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, though the state’s Department of Public Health says that “designated essential workers are exempt from this requirement.”
States with Travel Restrictions: The following states have adopted travel restrictions for out of state residents. Travelers from out of state are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Several states are making exceptions for “workers designated within essential businesses.” The states with newly adopted travel restrictions include Massachusetts, Texas, Kentucky, Montana, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Vermont, and North Dakota.
Updated: March 31 @ 9:30 AM
The following provides an update where states’ have changed or issued new orders that could impact the printing industry.
- Maryland: Larry Hogan on March 30 updated his stay in place order in a way that continues to adopt the federal CISA guidance for “essential” businesses exempted from the order. Additional guidance from the governor’s Office of Legal Counsel clarifies that barring curbside pickup for non-essential businesses is a major impact of this order. The governor’s spokesman clarified via Twitter that employers should determine for themselves whether they should continue operations, and if necessary, produce letters for employees explaining their activities.
- Tennessee: On March 30, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 22 providing safer at home guidelines in every Tennessee county to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. His Executive Order does include exemptions for manufacturing:
“Manufacturing, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries. This includes but is not limited to: manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, bio technology, healthcare, chemicals, sanitation, waste pick up and disposal, agriculture and agricultural products, food and beverage, household consumer products, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, Defense and National Defense, and communications, as well As products used by or component parts of other Essential Services.”
- Texas: On March 30, Gov. Abbott signed several executive orders requiring visitors from certain geographies with high outbreaks of COVID-19 to subject themselves to a mandatory, 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival in Texas. The Order addresses visitors from: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Louisiana California, Washington state, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Miami. The Texas Department of Public Safety has been ordered to enforce a mandatory border quarantine for those arriving from Louisiana. The order does exempts from quarantine those who are traveling for commercial activity or working in critical infrastructure. It is recommended that companies ensure that all essential workers have their company ID and a credential or letter indicating that they are an essential worker for that specific company as specified by the federal CISA guidance.
- Virginia: On March 30, Gov. Northam issued a stay in place order that does not impact an earlier Executive Order regarding operation of essential, or critical, manufacturing.
- West Virginia: On March 30th Gov. Justice issued an executive order that directs people who have traveled to West Virginia from hot spots such as New York, Connecticut, Louisiana, Italy or China to quarantine for 14 days if they travel to the state. In fact, anyone traveling into West Virginia from a high-risk area has been directed to self -quarantine for 14 days.
In regards to specific language on travel exemptions, it states: This measure does not apply to any commercial activity, including without limitation commercial trucking activities and individuals who commute into or out of state for work, persons performing any emergency, health, military, or infrastructure response activities necessitating travel into the state, or persons otherwise engaged in and traveling for Essential Businesses and Operations.
Updated: March 30 @ 9:30 AM
Minnesota Update on Critical Manufacturing
Over the weekend, Printing Industries of Minnesota and SGIA worked to clarify that the printing industry does support critical manufacturing and should be considered an essential business. The DEED website was updated with the new text bolded:
CRITICAL MANUFACTURING* • 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. • Workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains. • Workers supporting iron ore mining and processing operations and supplier/vendor industries essential to such mining and processing operations • Clarification added March 27, 2020: Workers supporting printing operations that supply Critical Sectors are exempt; other printing workers are not exempted.
The CISA guidance has been updated. In an accompanying memo, it is stated:
“This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard. Additionally, this advisory list is not intended to be the exclusive list of critical infrastructure sectors, workers, and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response across all jurisdictions. Individual jurisdictions should add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion.
“The advisory list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are typically essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing operational functions, among others. It also includes workers who support crucial supply chains and enable functions for critical infrastructure.”
A complete copy of the updated guidance can be found here: cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA_Guidance_on_the_Essential_Critical_Infrastructure_Workforce_Version_2.0_Updated.pdf
Updated: March 27 12:45 PM
In an attempt to keep the industry up to date on orders issued by state Governors’ offices, those new orders are listed below:
- Florida: In absence of statewide activity, counties in Florida have issued their own stay in place orders. For a completed listing, https://floridapolitics.com/archives/325112-a-round-up-of-which-florida-communities-have-stay-at-home-orders-in-place.
- Montana: On March 26, Gov. Bullock issued a stay at home order that is effective Mar. 28 to Apr. 10 which closes all nonessential businesses. The order references CISA guidance for the definition of essential businesses which may continue to operate while this order is in effect.
- New Hampshire: On March 26, Gov. Sununu issued a stay-at-home order, accompanied by list of industry sectors deemed to perform essential services and continue operating while this order is in effect. While the order does not explicitly incorporate CISA guidance, it does provide a broad exemption for manufacturing operations, including a specific manufacturing section:
Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying materials and products for industries that include, but are not limited to, pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, construction, gun and related products (including associated retail), operations of dams, water and wastewater treatment, national defense, communications, as well as products used by other essential businesses and operations.
- North Carolina: A variety of cities and counties covering the Raleigh-Durham area and Charlotte area have incorporated stay in place orders, all of which (so far) include exemptions for critical manufacturing.
The following counties have issued stay at home orders that incorporate federally identified critical infrastructure components: Buncombe County (Asheville); Guildford County (Greensboro); Pitt County (Greenville); Orange County (Chapel Hill, adjacent to Durham); Town of Beauford; Durham, NC; Mecklenburg County (which includes Charlotte); Cabarrus County (adjacent to the Charlotte area).
Updated: March 26 04:30 PM
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”?
There have been several approaches to define essential businesses. Some states are using the list of essential businesses identified by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The CISA list is not mandatory so other states have developed their own list of essential or life sustaining businesses. Some states have used the CISA list and modified it to reflect the businesses in their states.
In most instances, businesses that support or are in the supply chain of these essential, life-sustaining businesses are allowed to continue to operate. Many printing operations would fall under this “supporting supply chain” category, so SGIA is working with the Printing Industries of America’s Affiliates to get all states who have issued a shelter in place to allow exemptions for supporting businesses. The list below shows the response category each state is currently in.
*Bolded states in the No Restriction on Business category have made it public that they are considering a Stay at Home Order and are working on defining “Essential” businesses.
Even if your state is currently in the No Restrictions on Business category, the possibility of moving to a Stay at Home Order should be on your radar. Changes are happening very rapidly. It is important that “supporting businesses” are considered essential in your state just in case a Stay at Home Order is issued.
For more details on the status of your state’s response, see the resources below:
National Association of Manufacturers is updating their information every day. They have specific information on how manufacturers may be impacted.
Environmental Resource Center is providing newsletters from each state to keep people up to date on the most recent changes.
SGIA is currently working on ensuring all states consider the supporting supply chain as “essential”. If you have questions or would like to send a letter to your governor asking for supporting businesses to be included, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to keep this list updated.
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, Ms. 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.
Ms. Kinter is a member of and serves as Secretary for the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies. In 2001, Ms. Kinter received the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award for significant advancement of environmental awareness in the graphic arts industry.
Before joining the PRINTING United Alliance, Ms. Kinter worked for The American Waterways Operators, Inc., the national association for the barge and towing industry.
Ms. Kinter 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.
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.