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- US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
CISA, March 23, 2020: "Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations.
This guidance and accompanying list are intended to support State, Local, and industry partners in identifying the critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers needed to maintain the services and functions Americans depend on daily and need to be able to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response."
SPFA believes that if you fall into the identified categories of construction, installation, contractor services, chemical production or transportation, or other related essential critical infrastructure workforce as recognized by CISA, you are likely authorized* to continue working within your state.
*This is not legal guidance or interpretation of any specific state, county, or jurisdictional laws/rules as set forth by those entities in response to COVID-19. Even if you qualify based upon the list, your work status may be locally overruled. Always check with the jurisdiction you are working in.
1. Review the List
2. Verify You Qualify
3. Produce Letter
SPFA is not aware of any states explicitly requiring employees to carry letters or documentation. Companies with operations in Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are especially encouraged to use the letter. In Michigan, critical sector companies must notify employees that they are considered critical sector employees. Authorities may ask you to prove qualifications to carry the status letter.
Currently, millions of Americans are required to stay at home to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. To ensure the safety and prosperity of their communities, governors and other authorities are allowing “essential” businesses to stay open. This dashboard tracks how states with a stay-at-home mandate classify Construction and Building Material Suppliers. Please check back frequently; we will provide additional details and resources as they become available.
To monitor the response of state and local governments to the coronavirus, we created a COVID-19 State and Local Policy Dashboard that provides a quick and easy reference to updates and information issued by state and key local agencies and policymakers (updated daily). Toggle between the tabs in the top lefthand corner of the screen.
The safety and health of all those who work in construction remains our top priority. The industry continues to adhere to all public health guidelines set forth by OSHA and the CDC. Work on a new unfinished home site occurs primarily outdoors and does not involve going onto a location occupied by residents or a public location, and there is minimal (if any) physical or transactional contact with customers.
The map displays statewide stay-at-home orders and construction exemptions to those orders. We know that counties and municipalities are issuing their own orders with sometimes differing and contradictory guidance on essential services. Builders and subcontractors should contact their local HBAs with any questions about the applicability of local orders.
Find Out if Construction is Essential in Your State! ConstructConnect has created an interactive map to serve as a resource for contractors to understand where construction has been deemed essential, and allowed to proceed, and where restrictions have been put in pace limiting the types of construction activities that can move forward.
To keep track of specific projects, please check out our Delayed Project Reports.
Construction is Essential to Pandemic Response Efforts
Tell President Trump and Congress to treat the construction industry and the work it performs as vital and essential to the critical industries that must remain in operation to respond to this pandemic and crises to come. To ensure this is the case, the federal government must issue guidance classifying construction as a critical infrastructure industry whose workers are essential.
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Essential Workforce Resources:
SPFA joins with partners to advocate for construction, including roofing, to be recognized as Essential Construction Services during COVID-19 outbreak and recovery
Some businesses desire and have the capability to remain open, and some recognize a role they have in standing-down to voluntarily slow the spread of COVID-19. Much of that decision is driven by location. For the professional SPF industry that decision may also be driven by reduced-access to PPE essential to our jobs. Some states and even neighboring jurisdictions have taken different approaches and implemented different policies regarding continuity of construction operations. Areas of the country with higher population density may still have limited-trades access to the job site, but the employer may decide to cease operations for their own reasons.
In the event of a business interruption stemming from COVID-19 SPFA has joined with many industry partners to secure Paycheck Protection Program support for our small businesses. This program, along with various funding sources, Small Business Association (SBA) programs, and more are explained in SPFA's Legislative Summary which will be regularly updated. More information is also available in the Federal Resources section of this website.
The SPF industry is unique in its inherent need for significant and typical trades-distancing and occupant absence on a job site due to spraying operation requirements. This is a built-in benefit of SPF installation in this current landscape. This should be coordinated with the customer scheduling contact. Any operational professional SPF contractors are encouraged to follow the most-strict safety protocols for themselves, their co-workers and their customers, if operating during this time.
"Essential Worker" is not a light term. We take it seriously. It comes with increased responsibilities. If you continue to work you place yourself and those around you at increased risk, and if you get injured you are now competing for medical care with already overwhelmed medical staff, and likely will need to receive treatment in a medical facility that is already dealing with COVID patients. As an Essential Worker you must invest yourself in even more-stringent personal safety measures.
Review the influential list of "Essential Industries" from the US Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Each industry-specific trade association has some measure of state-trackers with the most up to date operating status. The most relevant of those are tracked here and available for you to use.