Essential Business? Guidance in a Stay-At-Home Order


On March 23, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response. The CISA Guidance identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services deemed essential to continued critical infrastructure viability. 

This federal guidance provides a baseline for states and local government efforts to ensure critical infrastructure and services are maintained while slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The farm equipment exemption on page 6 of the CISA Guidance states: “Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to agricultural production and distribution.”

The construction equipment exemption on page 8 of the CISA Guidance states: “Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers.”