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Category: Public Policies
Essential Services: State Declaration vs. CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Example of state declaration: New York
“This guidance is issued by the New York State Department of Economic Development d/b/a Empire State Development (ESD) and applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business. With respect to business or entities that operate or provide both essential and non-essential services, supplies or support, only those lines and/or business operations that are necessary to support the essential services, supplies, or support are exempt from the workforce reduction restrictions.”
Example of state deference to CISA guidance: Georgia
“Critical infrastructure means a business, establishments, corporations, non-profit corporations, and organizations labeled by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as ‘essential critical infrastructure workforce’ in guidance dated March 19, 2020 and revised on March 28, 2020… The operation of Critical Infrastructure shall not be impeded by county, municipal, or local ordinance.”
Maine COVID19 Guidelines for Farmers’ Markets March 19, 2020
San Mateo County affirms that farmers markets are essential services even as it issues “shelter in place” statement:
Pleasantville Farmers Market Statements to Vendors regarding the evolving situation on COVID-19
Pleasantville Farmers Market Public Statement on COVID-19
Letter, urging Secretary Ross to affirm Certified Farmers’ Markets’ essential role and equate them with grocery stores for the purposes of COVID19 containment policies.
Does my Market need to be registered with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF)?
What are my responsibilities for the safety of foods being sold at my market?
The local Boy Scouts want to use my market to sell cookies they baked as a fund raiser. Can I let them?
Find answers to these questions (and many more) in this FAQ created by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is the regulatory authority for food sold and manufactured in Utah. This means foods that are manufactured, processed, packaged, stored, transported, prepared, sold or offered for sale in the state of Utah. This regulatory responsibility also extends to food sold at outdoor market venues including farmers markets. It is the expectation of UDAF that outdoor markets comply with the same requirements that retail food stores must follow.