U.S. Chamber Urges State and Local Governments to Follow DHS Guidance on Essential Workforce

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 2:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today sent a letter to the National Governors Association Chair Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) and Vice Chair Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), praising work being done to combat the coronavirus pandemic and support families and businesses, while also urging state and local governments to issue guidance that aligns with the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.

“We all agree that decisive action is critical to mitigating the short- and long-term impact of the pandemic,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “We understand the importance of social distancing and limiting interactions as much as possible as the nation seeks to flatten the curve of the coronavirus. At the same time, we must find the right balance so that essential critical infrastructure workers can continue to support public health and safety, as well as the economic and national security of the U.S.

“We urge state and local governments to be thoughtful in these orders and align them with DHS’s guidance, which is largely consistent with the Chamber’s recommendations outlined in my letter to President Trump.”