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Posted 20 March 2020 - 10:23 PM

I have attached a Critical Industry Workforce letter template to issue to employees should a shelter-in-place order be announced in your area.


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To: [employee]


[Company] is considered a Critical Infrastructure Industry per the US Department of Homeland Security and US Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Guidelines. As an associate of [Company], you are an essential employee and needed for [Company]’s daily operation and critical distribution business to continue.


As State, province, cities and Federal authorities implement curfews and shelter-in-place orders, essential associates will be permitted to continue working. We will keep our facilities open and will continue to follow all CDC and other government guidelines regarding COVID-19 to make sure we are also keeping our associates healthy and safe.


Please keep this letter on you or in the vehicle you use to transit to and from work each day. If you are stopped by law enforcement, National Guard or another authorized government representative, you can show this letter to them, and explain that you are an employee of an essential workforce and should be permitted to proceed. Should you need further assistance in such a circumstance, please call one of these contacts below for assistance:


[company main number]


[General Manager]




We understand the stress that the COVID-19 outbreak has caused to our employees, their families and our business partners. Your commitment in working for us is making it possible to safely meet the critical distribution need for fresh produce to reach our community. It is greatly appreciated!





Edited by CEA_safety, 20 March 2020 - 10:27 PM.

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 02:00 AM

Interesting, thanks.

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Posted 23 March 2020 - 11:32 AM

You may want to reference the law firm's Hogan & Lovells work around this.  They include templates for both food/ag workers, as well as, transportation employees.


Original Article with template to copy: https://www.hlfoodla...ns-and-curfews/

Supplemental Info: https://www.hoganlov...ructure-workers


As as aside, they have a subscription email service that, for me, has proven to be a good source of info on FDA, FSMA, etc.  (I am not connected with them in any way).


Anyway, hope everyone stays safe....



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Posted 17 April 2020 - 03:18 PM

thank you for the letter template

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