CISA’s Critical Infrastructure Workforce Guidance: Focus on Construction

April 24, 2020Alerts

On April 17, 2020, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued two new documents that clarify, in language specific to related industries and sectors, the extent to which construction operations are considered by CISA to be critical infrastructure operations:

  • Advisory Memorandum On Identification Of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 Response (Advisory Memorandum)
  • Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response Version 3.0. (Guidance 3.0).

These CISA documents are important because they provide guidance to local and state officials and are incorporated or referenced in many state or local executive orders relating to what operations are permissible during shutdowns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Advisory Memorandum and Guidance 3.0 both contain provisions relating specifically to the construction industry and are intended to provide greater protection for construction operations than previous CISA documents.

Specifically, the Advisory Memorandum states that the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list developed by CISA “identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are typically essential to continued critical infrastructure viability.” The memorandum sets forth some examples of such operations and services “including . . . working construction . . .

While the previous version of the CISA guidance identified several construction industry workers and types of project work as essential, this document provides advisory guidance on defining essential critical infrastructure workers. The Guidance states, among other considerations, that everyone should follow guidance from the CDC as well as state and local government officials regarding strategies to limit disease spread and comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. 

The Guidance further provides that essential critical infrastructure workers need continued and unimpeded access to sites, facilities and equipment within quarantine zones, containment areas and other areas where access or movement is limited to perform functions for:

  • community relief and stability;
  • public safety, security and health;
  • maintaining essential supply chains;
    AND
  • preserving local, regional and national economic well-being

and should be exempted from curfew, shelter-in-place orders and transportation restrictions or restrictions on movement.

See below for the full text of sections of the guidance pertaining to construction industry, and excerpts of the guidance for related industries that pertain to construction. View the full text of the Memorandum and Guidance for all industries and job categories here.


Identifying Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

Energy

  • Workers supporting the energy sector, regardless of the energy source (including, but not limited to, nuclear, fossil, hydroelectric, or renewable), segment of the system, or infrastructure the worker is involved in, who are needed to construct, manufacture, repair, transport, permit, monitor, operate engineer, and maintain the reliability, safety, security, environmental health, and physical and cyber security of the energy system, including those who support construction, manufacturing, transportation, permitting, and logistics.
  • Workers and contractors supporting energy facilities that provide steam, hot water or chilled water from central power plants to connected customers.
  • Workers conducting energy/commodity trading/scheduling/marketing functions who can't perform their duties remotely.
  • Workers supporting the energy sector through renewable energy infrastructure (including, but not limited to, wind, solar, biomass, hydrogen, ocean, geothermal, and hydroelectric) and microgrids, including those supporting construction, manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation and maintenance, monitoring, and logistics.
  • Workers and security staff involved in nuclear re-fueling operations.
  • Workers providing services related to energy sector fuels (including, but not limited to, petroleum (crude oil), natural gas, propane, liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), natural gas liquids (NGL), other liquid fuels, nuclear, and coal) and supporting the mining, processing, manufacturing, construction, logistics, transportation, permitting, operation, maintenance, security, waste disposal, storage, and monitoring of support for resources.
  • Workers providing environmental remediation and monitoring, limited to immediate critical needs technicians.
  • Workers involved in the manufacturing and distribution of equipment, supplies, and parts necessary to maintain production, maintenance, restoration, and service at energy sector facilities across all energy sector segments.

Electricity Industry

  • Workers who maintain, ensure, restore, or who are involved in the development, transportation, fuel procurement, expansion, or operation of, the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power, including call centers, utility workers, engineers, retail electricity, construction, maintenance, utility telecommunications, relaying, and fleet maintenance technicians who cannot perform their duties remotely.
  • Workers at coal mines, production facilities, and those involved in manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation, maintenance, and monitoring at coal sites.
  • Workers who produce, process, ship, and handle coal used for power generation and manufacturing.  Workers in the electricity industry including but not limited to those supporting safety, construction, manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, engineering, physical and cyber security, monitoring, and logistics
  • Workers needed for safe and secure operations at nuclear generation including, but not limited to, those critical to the broader nuclear supply chain, the manufacture and delivery of parts needed to maintain nuclear equipment, the operations of fuel manufacturers, and the production and processing of fuel components used in the manufacturing of fuel.
  • Workers at fossil fuel (including but not limited to natural gas, refined, distillate, and/or coal), nuclear, and renewable energy infrastructure (including, but not limited to wind, solar, biomass, hydrogen, geothermal, and hydroelectric), and microgrids, including those supporting safety, construction, manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation, maintenance, monitoring, and logistics.  Workers at generation, transmission, and electric black start facilities.
  • Workers at Reliability Coordinator, Balancing Authority, local distribution control centers, and primary and backup Control Centers, including, but not limited to, independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and local distribution control centers.
  • Workers that are mutual assistance/aid personnel, which may include workers from outside of the state or local jurisdiction.
  • Vegetation management and traffic control for supporting those crews.
  • Instrumentation, protection, and control technicians.
  • Essential support personnel for electricity operations.
  • Generator set support workers, such as diesel engineers used in power generation, including those providing fuel.

Petroleum Industry

  • Workers who support onshore and offshore petroleum drilling operations; platform and drilling construction and maintenance; transportation (including helicopter operations), maritime transportation, supply, and dredging operations; maritime navigation; well stimulation, intervention, monitoring, automation and control, extraction, production; processing; waste disposal, and maintenance, construction, and operations.
  • Workers in the petroleum industry including but not limited to those supporting safety, construction, manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, engineering, physical and cyber security, monitoring, and logistics.
  • Workers for crude oil, petroleum, and petroleum product storage and transportation, including pipeline, marine transport, terminals, rail transport, storage facilities, racks, and road transport for use as end- use fuels such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and heating fuels or feedstocks for chemical manufacturing.  Petroleum and petroleum product security operations center workers and workers who support maintenance and emergency response services.
  • Petroleum and petroleum product operations control rooms, centers, and refinery facilities.
  • Retail fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops, and the distribution systems that support them.  Supporting new and existing construction projects, including, but not limited to, pipeline construction.  Manufacturing and distribution of equipment, supplies, and parts necessary for production, maintenance, restoration, and service of petroleum and petroleum product operations and use, including end-users.
  • Transmission and distribution pipeline workers, including but not limited to pump stations and any other required, operations maintenance, construction, and support for petroleum products.

Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), Propane, and Other Liquid Fuels

Workers who support onshore and offshore drilling operations, platform and drilling construction and maintenance; transportation (including helicopter operations); maritime transportation, supply, and dredging operations; maritime navigation; natural gas and natural gas liquid production, processing, extraction, storage and

  • Transmission and distribution pipeline workers, including but not limited to pump stations and any other required, operations maintenance, construction, and support for petroleum products.
  • Workers who support onshore and offshore drilling operations, platform and drilling construction and maintenance; transportation (including helicopter operations); maritime transportation, supply, and dredging operations; maritime navigation; natural gas and natural gas liquid production, processing, extraction, storage and transportation; well intervention, monitoring, automation and control; waste disposal, and maintenance, construction, and operations.
  • Workers in the natural gas, NGL, propane, and other liquid fuels industries including but not limited to those supporting safety, construction, manufacturing, transportation, permitting, operation/maintenance, engineering, physical and cyber security, monitoring, and logistics.
  • Transmission and distribution pipeline workers, including compressor stations and any other required operations maintenance, construction, and support for natural gas, natural gas liquid, propane, and other liquid fuels.
  • Workers at Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) facilities.
  • Workers at natural gas, propane, natural gas liquids, liquified natural gas, liquid fuel storage facilities, underground facilities, and processing plants and other related facilities, including construction, maintenance, and support operations personnel.
  • Natural gas processing plants workers and those who deal with natural gas liquids.
  • Workers who staff natural gas, propane, natural gas liquids, and other liquid fuel security operations centers, operations dispatch and control rooms and centers, and emergency response and customer emergencies (including leak calls) operations.
  • Workers supporting drilling, production, processing, refining, and transporting natural gas, propane, natural gas liquids, and other liquid fuels for use as end-use fuels, feedstocks for chemical manufacturing, or use in electricity generation.
  • Workers supporting propane gas service maintenance and restoration, including call centers.  Workers supporting propane, natural gas liquids, and other liquid fuel distribution centers.
  • Workers supporting propane gas storage, transmission, and distribution centers.
  • Workers supporting new and existing construction projects, including, but not limited to, pipeline construction.
  • Workers supporting ethanol and biofuel production, refining, and distribution.
  • Workers in fuel sectors (including, but not limited to nuclear, coal, and gas types and liquid fuels) supporting the mining, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, permitting, operation, maintenance, and monitoring of support for resources.
  • Workers ensuring, monitoring, and engaging in the physical security of assets and locations associated with natural gas, propane, natural gas liquids, and other liquid fuels.
  • Workers involved in the manufacturing and distribution of equipment, supplies, and parts necessary to maintain production, maintenance, restoration, and service of natural gas, propane, natural gas liquids, and other liquid fuels operations and use, including end-users.

Water and Wastewater

  • Workers needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater and drainage infrastructure, including: Operational staff at water authorities.
  • Operational staff at community water systems.
  • Operational staff at wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Workers repairing water and wastewater conveyances and performing required sampling or monitoring, including field staff.
  • Operational staff for water distribution and testing.
  • Operational staff at wastewater collection facilities.
  • Operational staff and technical support for SCADA Control systems.
  • Chemical equipment and personal protection suppliers to water and wastewater system.
  • Workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting water and wastewater operations.

Transportation and Logistics

Workers supporting or enabling transportation and logistics functions, including truck drivers, bus drivers, dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, driver training and education centers, Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) workers, enrollment agents for federal transportation worker vetting programs, towing and recovery services, roadside assistance workers, intermodal transportation personnel, and workers that construct, maintain, rehabilitate, and inspect infrastructure, including those that require cross-jurisdiction travel.).

  • Workers supporting the distribution of food, fuels, pharmaceuticals and medical material (including materials used in radioactive drugs), and chemicals needed for water or water treatment and energy maintenance.
  • Workers supporting operation of essential highway infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels (e.g., traffic operations centers and moveable bridge operators).
  • Workers of firms providing services, supplies, and equipment that enable warehouse and operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use, including cold- and frozen-chain logistics for food and critical biologic products.
  • Mass transit workers providing critical transit services and performing critical or routine maintenance to mass transit infrastructure or equipment.
  • Workers supporting personal and commercial transportation services including taxis, delivery services, vehicle rental services, bicycle maintenance and car-sharing services, and transportation network providers.
  • Workers, including police, responsible for operating and dispatching passenger, commuter, and freight trains and maintaining rail infrastructure and equipment.
  • Maritime transportation workers, including port authority and commercial facility personnel, dredgers, port workers, security personnel, mariners, ship crewmembers, ship pilots, tugboat operators, equipment operators (to include maintenance and repair, and maritime-specific medical providers), ship supply workers, chandlers, and repair company workers.  Refer to the United States Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Information Bulletin “Maintaining Maritime Commerce and Identification of Essential Maritime Critical Infrastructure Workers” for more information.
  • Workers, including truck drivers, railroad employees, maintenance crews, and cleaners, supporting transportation of chemicals, hazardous, medical, and waste materials that support critical infrastructure, capabilities, functions, and services, including specialized carriers, crane and rigging industry workers.  Bus drivers and workers who provide or support intercity, commuter, and charter bus service in support of other essential services or functions. 
  • Automotive repair, maintenance, and transportation equipment manufacturing and distribution facilities (including those who repair and maintain electric vehicle charging stations).
  • Transportation safety inspectors, including hazardous material inspectors and accident investigator inspectors.
  • Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of lighting and communication systems, specialized signage and structural systems, emergency response equipment and support materials, printers, printed materials, packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations, and other critical infrastructure needs.
  • Postal Service, parcel, courier, last-mile delivery, and shipping and related workers, to include private companies, who accept, process, transport, and deliver information and goods.
  • Workers who supply equipment and materials for maintenance of transportation equipment.
  • Workers who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, bicycles, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers.
  • Workers who support air transportation for cargo and passengers, including operation distribution, maintenance, and sanitation.  This includes air traffic controllers, flight dispatchers, maintenance personnel, ramp workers, fueling agents, flight crews, airport safety inspectors and engineers, airport operations personnel, aviation and aerospace safety workers, security, commercial space personnel, operations personnel, accident investigators, flight instructors, and other on- and off-airport facilities workers.
  • Workers supporting transportation via inland waterways, such as barge crew, dredging crew, and river port workers for essential goods.
  • Workers critical to the manufacturing, distribution, sales, rental, leasing, repair, and maintenance of vehicles and other transportation equipment (including electric vehicle charging stations) and the supply chains that enable these operations to facilitate continuity of travel-related operations for essential workers.
  • Warehouse operators, including vendors and support personnel critical for business continuity (including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical engineers, security personnel, and janitorial staff), e-commerce or online commerce, and customer service for essential functions.

Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services

  • Workers who support the construction, maintenance, or rehabilitation of critical infrastructure.  Workers supporting construction materials production, testing laboratories, material delivery services, and construction inspection.
  • Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues.
  • Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders (including building and insulation), contractors, HVAC Technicians, landscapers, and other service providers who provide services, including temporary construction, that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses and buildings, such as hospitals and senior living facilities.
  • Workers personnel, who support operations that ensure, the availability of and access to needed facilities, transportation, energy, and communications through activities such as road and line clearing.  Workers who support the effective removal, storage, and disposal of residential, industrial, and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste, including at landfill operations.
  • Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential dams, locks, and levees.  Workers who support the inspection and maintenance of aids to navigation and other government-provided services that ensure continued maritime commerce.

Communications and Information Technology

  • Maintenance of communications infrastructure, -- including privately owned and maintained communication systems, -- supported by technicians, operators, call centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service providers, satellite operations, Internet Exchange Points, Points of Presence, Network Access Points, back haul and front haul facilities, and manufacturers and distributors of communications equipment.
  • Government and private sector workers, including government contractors, with work related to undersea cable infrastructure and support facilities, including cable landing sites, beach manhole vaults and covers, submarine cable depots, and submarine cable ship facilities.
  • Government and private sector workers, including government contractors, supporting Department of Defense internet and communications facilities.
  • Network Operations staff, engineers, and technicians to include IT managers and staff, HVAC and electrical engineers, security personnel, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators that manage the network or operate facilities.
  • Workers responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration, including but not limited to engineers, technicians, and contractors for construction and engineering of fiber optic cables, buried conduit, small cells, other wireless facilities, and other communications sector-related infrastructure   This includes permitting, construction of new facilities, and deployment of new technology as required to address congestion or customer usage due to unprecedented use of remote services.
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair technicians that establish, support, or repair service as needed.  Central office personnel to maintain and operate central office, data centers, and other network office facilities, including critical support personnel assisting front line workers.
  • Customer service and support staff, including managed and professional services, as well as remote providers of support to transitioning workers to set up and maintain home offices, who interface with customers to manage or support service environments and security issues including payroll, billing, fraud, logistics, and troubleshooting.
  • Workers providing electronic security, fire, monitoring, and life safety services, and who ensure physical security, cleanliness, and the safety of facilities and personnel, including those who provide temporary licensing waivers for security personnel to work in other States or Municipalities.  Dispatchers involved with service repair and restoration.
  • Retail customer service personnel at critical service center locations to address customer needs, including new customer processing, distributing and repairing equipment, and addressing customer issues, in order to support individuals’ remote emergency communications needs Supply chain and logistics personnel to ensure goods and products are available to provision these front¬line workers.
  • External Affairs personnel to assist in coordinating with local, state, and federal officials to address communications needs supporting COVID-19 response, public safety, and national security.
  • Workers responsible for ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to and the benefits of various communications platforms, including those involved in the provision of telecommunication relay services, closed captioning of broadcast television for the deaf, video relay services for deaf citizens who prefer communication via American Sign Language over text, and audio-description for television programming.

Information Technology (excerpt)

Workers who support command centers, including, but not limited to, Network Operations Command Centers, Broadcast Operations Control Centers, and Security Operations Command Centers.

  • Workers who support client service centers, field engineers, and other technicians and workers supporting critical infrastructure, as well as manufacturers and supply chain vendors that provide hardware and software, support services, research and development, information technology equipment (to include microelectronics and semiconductors), HVAC and electrical equipment for critical infrastructure, and test labs and certification agencies that qualify such equipment (to include microelectronics, optoelectronics, and semiconductors) for critical infrastructure, including data centers.   Workers needed to preempt and respond to cyber incidents involving critical infrastructure, including medical facilities; state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments and federal facilities; energy and utilities; banks and financial institutions; securities and other exchanges; other entities that support the functioning of capital markets, public works, critical manufacturing, food, and agricultural production; transportation; and other critical infrastructure categories and personnel, in addition to all cyber defense workers who can't perform their duties remotely.
  • Suppliers, designers, transporters, and other workers supporting the manufacture, distribution, provision, and construction of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services (including cloud computing services and telework capabilities), business infrastructure, financial transactions and services, web-based services, and critical manufacturing.
  • Workers supporting communications systems, information technology, and work from home solutions used by law enforcement, public safety, medical, energy, public works, critical manufacturing, food and agricultural production, financial services, education, and other critical industries and businesses.  Workers required in person to support Software as a Service businesses that enable remote working, performance of business operations, distance learning, media services, and digital health offerings, or required for technical support crucial for business continuity and connectivity.

This is an excerpt of the section on Information Technology, view the full text of the section here.

Other Community or Government-Based Operations and Essential Functions (excerpt)

  • Workers to ensure continuity of building functions, including but not limited to security and environmental controls (e.g., HVAC), the manufacturing and distribution of the products required for these functions, and the permits and inspections for construction supporting essential infrastructure.  Elections personnel to include both public and private sector elections support.
  • Workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting other critical government operations.
  • Workers who support necessary permitting, credentialing, vetting, and licensing for essential critical infrastructure workers and their operations.
  • Customs and immigration workers who are critical to facilitating trade in support of the national emergency response supply chain.
  • Workers supporting essential maintenance, manufacturing, design, operation, inspection, security, and construction for essential products, services, supply chain, and COVID-19 relief efforts.

This is an excerpt of the section on Other Community or Government-Based Operations and Essential Functions, view the full text of the section here.

Critical Manufacturing

  • Workers necessary for the manufacturing of metals (including steel and aluminum), industrial minerals, semiconductors, materials and products needed for medical supply chains and for supply chains associated with transportation, aerospace, energy, communications, information technology, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, wood products, commodities used as fuel for power generation facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, processing and reprocessing of solid waste, emergency services, and the defense industrial base.   Additionally, workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains, and workers necessary to maintain a manufacturing operation in warm standby.
  • Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed to manufacture medical equipment and PPE.
  • Workers necessary for mining and production of critical minerals, materials and associated essential supply chains, and workers engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary for mining production and distribution.
  • Workers who produce or manufacture parts or equipment that supports continued operations for any essential services and increase in remote workforce, including computing and communication devices, semiconductors, and equipment such as security tools for Security Operations Centers (SOCs) or data centers.
  • Workers manufacturing or providing parts and equipment that enable the maintenance and continued operation of essential businesses and facilities. 

Hazardous Materials

  • Workers who manage hazardous materials associated with any other essential activity, including but not limited to healthcare waste (medical, pharmaceuticals, medical material production, and testing operations from laboratories processing and testing kits) and energy (including nuclear facilities).  Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup.
  • Workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting hazardous materials management operations.

Chemical

  • Workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing plants, laboratories, distribution facilities, and workers who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food additives, pharmaceuticals, paintings and coatings, textiles, building materials, plumbing, electrical, and paper products.
  • Workers supporting the safe transportation of chemicals, including those supporting tank truck cleaning facilities and workers who manufacture packaging items.
  • Workers supporting the production of protective cleaning and medical solutions, PPE, chemical consumer and institutional products, disinfectants, fragrances, and packaging that prevents the contamination of food, water, medicine, among others essential products.
  • Workers supporting the operation and maintenance of facilities (particularly those with high risk chemicals and sites that cannot be shut down) whose work cannot be done remotely and requires the presence of highly trained personnel to ensure safe operations, including plant contract workers who provide inspections.
  • Workers (including those in glass container manufacturing) who support the production and transportation of chlorine and alkali manufacturing, single-use plastics, and packaging that prevents the contamination or supports the continued manufacture of food, water, medicine, and other essential products. 

Defense Industrial Base

  • Workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S.  Military, including, but are not limited to, space and aerospace workers, nuclear matters workers, mechanical and software engineers (various disciplines), manufacturing and production workers, IT support, security staff, security personnel, intelligence support, aircraft and weapon system mechanics and maintainers, and sanitary workers who maintain the hygienic viability of necessary facilities.
  • Personnel working for companies, and their subcontractors, who perform under contract or sub-contract to the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Energy (DoE) (on nuclear matters), as well as personnel at government-owned/contractor operated facilities, and who provide materials and services to the DoD and DoE (on nuclear matters), including support for weapon systems, software systems and cybersecurity, defense and intelligence communications, surveillance, sale of U.S. defense articles and services for export to foreign allies and partners (as authorized by the U.S.  government), and space systems and other activities in support of our military, intelligence, and space forces.

Commercial Facilities (excerpt)

  • Workers who support the supply chain of building materials from production through application and installation, including cabinetry, fixtures, doors, cement, hardware, plumbing (including parts and services), electrical, heating and cooling, refrigeration, appliances, paint and coatings, and workers who provide services that enable repair materials and equipment for essential functions.
  • Workers distributing, servicing, repairing, installing residential and commercial HVAC systems, boilers, furnaces and other heating, cooling, refrigeration, and ventilation equipment.
  • Workers supporting the operations of commercial buildings that are critical to safety, security, and the continuance of essential activities, such as on-site property managers, building engineers, security staff, fire safety directors, janitorial personnel, and service technicians (e.g., mechanical, HVAC, plumbers, electricians, and elevator).

This is an excerpt of the section on Commercial Facilities, view the full text of the section here.

Residential/Shelter Facilities and Services

  • Workers providing dependent care services, particularly those whose services ensure essential workers can continue to work.
  • Workers who support food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for needy groups and individuals, including in-need populations and COVID-19 responders including travelling medical staff.  Workers in animal shelters.
  • Workers responsible for the leasing of residential properties to provide individuals and families with ready access to available housing.
  • Workers responsible for handling property management, maintenance, and related service calls who can coordinate the response to emergency “at-home” situations requiring immediate attention, as well as facilitate the reception of deliveries, mail, and other necessary services.
  • Workers performing housing and commercial construction related activities, including those supporting government functions related to the building and development process, such as inspections, permitting, and plan review services that can be modified to protect the public health, but fundamentally should continue and enable the continuity of the construction industry (e.g., allow qualified private third-party inspections in case of federal government shutdown).
  • Workers performing services in support of the elderly and disabled populations who coordinate a variety of services, including health care appointments and activities of daily living.
  • Workers responsible for the movement of household goods. 

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