Updated March 30th 1:01 PM NY Time:
California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, New York and New Jersey have declared stay at home orders.
Those orders exempt warehouse and delivery workers.
The official CISA US Department of Homeland Security guidance updated on March 28 is at : https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce
The Transportation and Logistics section classifies as critical infrastructure:
- Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including truck drivers, bus drivers, dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) employees, towing/recovery services, roadside assistance workers, intermodal transportation personnel, and workers who maintain and inspect infrastructure (including those that require cross-jurisdiction travel).
CISA guidelines are just guidance and can be superseded at the local and state level.
Letter we are providing our employees, feel free to use as you see fit
State specific guidance
New York’s official guidance can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
Exemptions from the order will include shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions.
March 20th 4:50 NY Time update:
Updated NY Executive order, essential businesses are excluded. Essential businesses include: mail and shipping services logistics Full text at https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026
New Jersey state order permits warehouse work to continue but orders those business to make best efforts to reduce workers to the minimum number necessary. Full text at https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/general-public/governor-murphy-announces-statewide-stay-at-home-order-closure-of-all-non-essential-retail-businesses
California’s official guidance can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/ which excludes workers “needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.” California seems to be deferring to CISA regulations which exclude warehouse workers. See the links and text at the top of this page.
Connecticut’s executive order was not initial clear as to warehouse workers. Connecticut released additional guidance which permits online retail which can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Business-Exemptions-for-Coronavirus It states
Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 7J, issued on March 22, 2020, 1) non-essential retailers may be staffed on-site, provided that they may only offer remote ordering (e.g. phone, internet, mail, dropbox) and curb-side pick-up or delivery and 2) non-essential businesses and nonprofits to allow staff or third parties on site to the minimum extent necessary to provide security, maintenance and receipt of mail and packages. This includes, but is not limited to, auto, boat, bicycle, recreational vehicle, and all other vehicle sales, if conducted remotely.
Florida’s order does not have a lot of restrictions. It states
All business owners, supervisors, managers and others in charge of conducting business in the state of Florida should allow telework of employees to the extent that can be accomplished without significantly disrupting the ability to conduct business. Employers should make every effort to reduce the onsite workforce to 50% capacity, where possible, to the extent that reduction can be accomplished without significantly disrupting the ability to conduct business.
Ohio’s Stay At Home Order references CISA guidelines which permit warehouse workers. The Ohio order text also excludes
Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services. Post offices and other businesses that provide shipping and delive1y services, and businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, goods, vehicles or services to end users or through commercial channels, full text at https://governor.ohio.gov/static/DirectorsOrderStayAtHome.pdf
https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OLC-Interpretive-Guidance-COVID19-04.pdf allows the continued operation of
viii. Courier, package delivery, mail service, and mail management companies.
ix. Warehousing and distribution companies.
The Pennsylvania order is at https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/all-non-life-sustaining-businesses-in-pennsylvania-to-close-physical-locations-as-of-8-pm-today-to-slow-spread-of-covid-19/. The list of “life sustaining businesses” which are excluded from the order can be found at https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200319-Life-Sustaining-Business.pdf and include “Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses”, and specify that “Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses” may continue physical operations.
Illinois issued stay at home order. Distributions centers are included in essential infrastructure. See the full executive order:
Additionally, Illinois governor says “Supply chain must continue” and declared delivery to be an essential functional.