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 advisorylist 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. The industries they support represent, but are not limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement,
and public works.

MARYLAND – Governor Larry Hogan has announced a stay-at-home order for all residents in Maryland in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

Governor Hogan made the announcement during a press conference on Monday morning. The order does not restrict people from leaving their homes for essential activities, such as grocery shopping, visiting a doctor, or picking up a prescription. The order also allows essential workers to report to and from work.

The order goes into effect on Monday at 8 p.m.

As of Monday morning, Maryland had 1,413 confirmed cases of the virus. There have been 15 deaths in the state.

The State of Virginia announced restrictions specifically on RESTAURANTS, RECREATIONAL,
ENTERTAINMENT, GATHERINGS, NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL BUSINESSES,
AND CLOSURE OF K-12 SCHOOLS.

See the entire test of the Governor’s Executive Order:

Virginia EO-53-Temporary-Restrictions-Due-To-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19)

Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland, Number 20-03-23-01, dated March 23, 2020,
Amending and Restating the Order of March 19, 2020, Prohibiting Large Gatherings and
Events and Closing Senior Centers, and Additionally Closing All Non-Essential Businesses
and Other Establishments

 

 

Maryland OLC-Interpretive-Guidance-COVID19-04

Updated March 25, 2020: Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its first guidance. See Rees Broome, PC’s DOL Guidance Alert issued on March 25, 2020.
Updated March 25, 2020: DOL has indicated that the effective date is April 1, 2020. It applies to leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

 

Access the entire document:   March 25, 2020 Updated Guidance for Employers for Amendments to FMLA due to Coronavirus

Announcement from DC Water:

 

During this unprecedented outbreak, we would like to remind the public that disinfectants used to treat drinking water are effective against COVID-19. The Washington Aqueduct’s water treatment process includes two stages of disinfection before it enters DC Water’s distribution system. The first stage is free chlorine and the second is chloramine, both very effective at killing viruses.

Additionally, residual disinfection levels throughout our pipe distribution system remain at effective levels to keep water clean and safe. In fact, next week begins our annual switch to chlorine that helps clean the pipes.

We continue to monitor the water quality, repair broken water mains and maintain the distribution system. We have suspended water service disconnections so that District residents and essential employees have the water they need to protect their health.

“We have all seen store shelves emptied out during the past two weeks, but there’s no public health reason to stockpile bottled water,” said DC Water CEO and General Manager David L. Gadis. “There has been no disruption in our ability to provide clean, safe drinking water to our customers and we will continue to do so throughout this crisis.”

 

 

DC COVID 19 Guidelines for Construction Sites FINAL

 

The Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) within the Department of Employment
Services and the DC Department of Health (DC Health) have been monitoring the ongoing
COVID-19 public health crisis. The latest information and guidance on the District’s COVID-19
response can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov.
Companies need to take proactive measures to ensure their personnel do not report to work sick;
examples include screening employees and provision for use of sick leave. Subcontractors
should be encouraged to do the same. Field teams should maintain constant communication with
their subcontractors and be vigilant for obviously sick persons in the field. Any employees
reporting to work sick should be sent home.

Mayor’s Order 2020-053 Closure of Non-Essential Businesses and Prohibiti…

 

To mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-053: Closure of Non-Essential Businesses and Prohibition on Large Gatherings During Public Health Emergency for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This Mayor’s Order requires temporary closure of the on-site operation of all non-essential businesses and prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people.

The intent of the Order is to temporarily cease all non-essential business activities, including tour guides and touring services; gyms, health clubs, spas, and massage establishments; theaters, auditoriums, and other places of large gatherings; nightclubs; hair, nail, and tanning salons and barbershops; tattoo parlors; sales not involved in essential services; retail clothing stores; and professional services not devoted to assisting essential business operations.

The Order goes into effect on March 25, 2020, at 10 pm, through April 24, 2020.

For more information on the District’s response, visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland has received official designation from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides low-interest federal disaster loans for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the SBA, the loans will help alleviate financial strain and allow businesses to pay bills, payroll, and accounts payable, with long-term payments stretching up to 30 years. Small businesses and private non-profit organizations can apply directly to the SBA for financial assistance here.

“Our first and foremost priority is protecting the health and safety of Marylanders, but we are also deeply concerned about the economic impact of this pandemic, which is why we worked quickly with our federal partners to apply for this designation,” said Governor Hogan. “This program will offer immediate relief to our small business community and help them to remain afloat during this difficult time.”

In order to receive designation, the state was required to provide at least five examples of companies that have suffered a significant economic injury due to COVID-19. With the recent executive order closing restaurants, bars, fitness centers, and theaters, along with the prohibition of gatherings of more than 10 people, several businesses across the state have reported substantial impacts and are in need of immediate financial assistance.

“Maryland’s small businesses are critically important to our economy and we recognize the impact this crisis is having on them,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “This loan program, combined with other state and federal assistance, will give businesses the support and resources they need to continue to operate.”

“This assistance is available to those businesses who have suffered economic hardship as a result of COVID-19,” said Russell Strickland, executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). “MEMA worked closely with local emergency management agencies to expedite the request for assistance from the SBA. These loans will help those hit hardest by the effects of COVID-19.”

For additional business resources available during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus.

For details on the administration’s ongoing response, visit governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has accepted the District of Columbia’s declaration for assistance in the form of economic injury disaster loans following the advent of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and DC businesses can start applying now. While the SBA directly administers this loan program, the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), led by Director Kristi Whitfield, will liaise with the SBA on behalf of the District of Columbia.

“While we continue our response to COVID-19, my Administration is launching our recovery effort, and one such step is relief options for small businesses,” said Mayor Bowser. “I encourage DC businesses to begin the federal Small Business Administration loan application process.”

The SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will provide targeted, low-interest loans to Washington, DC small businesses that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to help qualified small businesses and private nonprofit organizations overcome the temporary loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

DC businesses can start the process by clicking here and then “Apply for Assistance.” You can prepare to apply by reviewing the “Three Step Process” of SBA Disaster Loans to understand what to expect in the application process. Disaster loan applicants can call the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (7 am -9 pm every day) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for help in completing their online application. SBA staff and its Resource Partner network, consisting of Small Business Development Centers, SCORE Chapters, Women’s Business Centers, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers will continue to support small businesses with accessing federal resources and navigating their preparedness plans. Local assistance can be found at www.sba.gov/local-assistance. DC businesses can also download the 2020 Small Business Resource Guide for the Washington Metropolitan Area as a resource.

In the coming days, the Bowser Administration will announce details about the Public Health Emergency Small Business Grant Program. This effort will be housed in the Business Development Unit within the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

For more information on the District’s response and recovery, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/recovery.