Identifying Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

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March 23: “Stay at Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives”

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.  Continue Reading. 

CISA Guidelines on Critical Infrastructure Industries

Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations.

This guidance and accompanying list are intended to support State, Local, and industry partners in identifying the critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers needed to maintain the services and functions Americans depend on daily and that need to be able to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

This document gives guidance to State, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions and the private sector on defining essential critical infrastructure workers. Promoting the ability of such workers to continue to work during periods of community restriction, access management, social distancing, or closure orders/directives is crucial to community resilience and continuity of essential functions.

Identifying Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

The following list of sectors and identified essential critical infrastructure workers are an initial recommended set and are intended to be overly inclusive reflecting the diversity of industries across the United States. CISA will continually solicit and accept feedback on the list (both sectors/sub sectors and identified essential workers) and will evolve the list in response to stakeholder feedback. We will also use our various stakeholder engagement mechanisms to work with partners on how they are using this list and share those lessons learned and best practices broadly. We ask that you share your feedback, both positive and negative on this list so we can provide the most useful guidance to our critical infrastructure partners. Feedback can be sent to CISA.CAT@CISA.DHS.GOV. 

Visit CISA to read the full details for this list. 

  • Healthcare/Public Health
  • Law Enforcement, Public Safety, First Responders
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Public Works
  • Other Community-Based Government Operations and Essential Functions
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Financial Services
  • Chemical
  • Defense Industrial Base

Download the PDF: Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response. 

Read more information on what this Order means for you, on Dykema’s website.


Ontario Essential Workplaces

On March 23, Ontario ordered the mandatory closure of non-essential businesses, starting at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

List of essential workplaces:

  1. Supply chains
  2. Retail and wholesaling
  3. Food services and accommodations
  4. Institutional, residential, commercial and industrial maintenance
  5. Telecommunications and IT infrastructure/service providers
  6. Transportation
  7. Manufacturing and production
  8. Agriculture and food production
  9. Construction
  10. Financial activities
  11. Resources
  12. Environmental services
  13. Utilities and community services
  14. Communications industries
  15. Research
  16. Health care and seniors care and social services
  17. Justice sector
  18. Other businesses
  19. Business regulators and inspectors

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