Stay-at-home orders and Essential Industry employers

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a memo identifying 16 industries as “essential critical infrasture.”

  • Chemical
  • Communications
  • Commercial facilities
  • Critical manufacturing
  • Dams
  • Defense industrial base
  • Emergency services
  • Energy
  • Financial
  • Food & agriculture
  • Government facilities
  • Healthcare & public health
  • Information technology
  • Nuclear reactors, materials & waste
  • Water
  • Transportations systems

CISA’s memo details and explains each such industry for the purpose of suggesting a list of employers that should be exempted from state and local stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus.

Please note that the memo states its list is advisory in nature and not controlling.

Therefore, any actual stay-at-home orders will need to be analyzed carefully by an employer within one of the 16 essential industries, but the memo will hopefully provide a helpful document to assist state and local governments in clarifying any such orders.


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