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Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by bannertime, Mar 31, 2020.

  1. bannertime

    bannertime Very Active Member

    Sep 8, 2016
  2. StarSign

    StarSign Active Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Southern Utah
    I would say oversight. I have yet to see our industry specifically mentioned in any of the essential lists I have seen.
  3. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    They never include sign making in lists of occupations.
  4. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    Here there is a category for suppliers to the essential industries. A sign company doing work for grocery, pharmaceutical, government, emergency services etc would be considered essential.
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  5. Moze

    Moze Precision Sign Services

    Feb 27, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    There are too many trades to list individually. That's why it was previously worded something along the lines of "residential and commercial construction and related trades required to complete the project". They're not going to list glass installers, millworkers, tile workers, sign installers, drop-ceiling installers, etc. by name - there are just too many trades. What was previously, and in some cases is still left up to the discretion of these various trades was whether or not they were "essential". Austin is the first City I've heard of in Texas that has specifically indicated that those trades must be working on projects involved somehow with the virus (hospitals, first responders, etc.) or in other fields that involve services essential to health and well-being (plumbing, HVAC, IT, etc.).

    This is all morphing pretty fast. Something important to remember is CISA provides the primary guidelines, but then each level of governance can specify stricter Orders than the one above it. So States can be more restrictive than CISA, Counties can impose stricter orders than the State and cities can impose stricter orders than Counties.
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  6. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

    Oct 21, 2016
    Frisco, TX
    Anyone else get that letter from the ISA? Doesnt sound like it's a legit hall pass, but rather a plea for consideration.
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  7. netsol

    netsol Very Active Member

    Apr 26, 2016
    englishtown, nj
    when this started, nj governor murphy specifically mentioned sign making/commercial printing as essential.
  8. My biggest customer, D.R. Horton Homes, sent all of its subcontractors a letter to print and carry with us when traveling to/from a job site.
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  9. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

    Jun 4, 2007
    Home Office
    According to WI guidelines I work from home and can keep working. But I don't think that means I can travel for installs. Very vague in that respect.

    Personally I'm staying put. Lots of yachts to work on, and the money isn't worth my health.

    Mom and Pop always said: "if you don't have your health you have nothing".
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  10. mmcknight79

    mmcknight79 FASTSIGNS of Garner

    Nov 21, 2018
    North Carolina
    We received the letter from the ISA and I agree it sounds like a plea for consideration, but our States Executive order allows any business that can social distance to be able to stay open. We are open, but the front door are locked and we do 95% of our business either online, email, text or phone calls. Our lobby floors are marked to let the few customer that do come in to know where they are to stand while they are there. Once they leave we wipe down anything they touched and spray a disinfectant. None of our employees are made to come to work, they come because they are very comfortable with the precautions we are taking.
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  11. Ldireprophil

    Ldireprophil Member

    Mar 29, 2018
    I did, kind of what I thought too.
  12. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

    Oct 21, 2016
    Frisco, TX
    I looked up some other letters from other business on Google, and it seems they are all along the same lines as the ISA. I guess no government entity is issuing letters, instead it's just letters stating the reason why said person in said industry is essential.
  13. Bobby H

    Bobby H Very Active Member

    Feb 4, 2005
    Lawton, OK
    My company was deemed an essential business by Lawton's Mayor and City Council. Nevertheless, we're operating under a seriously reduced capacity. We've cut the numbers of staff in the office and shop in half, alternating one day on and one day off for the next 2 weeks. And as this crisis drags on we'll cut our work days down further. We're already not allowing anyone but our own employees inside the office or shop. Anyone dropping off deliveries of materials has to do it outside. The same goes for anyone coming by to pick up something like a COVID-19 policy banner or yard sign.

    I'm praying we'll be getting over the hump of this disease curve by May. If this goes dragging into the Summer then a bunch of us will likely get furloughed.
  14. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

    Dec 27, 2005
    Guam USA
    I'm not sure if I am essential or not. I just finished running off about $4k's worth of Bud and Heineken specials for April.
    Good pricing on critical supplies is essential yes?
    I am going to do the installs myself as I don't think it is right to ask my crew to take the risk of running around the island now. We are close to 80 cases not including the ones off the plague carrier docked here.
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