April 20, 2020

What Are States Doing Related To COVID-19? Click Here To Find Out

While the U.S. government has provided ample guidance about actions governors and state legislatures should take in the face of COVID-19, it is the lawmakers closest to the people who have the final say on several matters. For example, it is governors who will decide when to open their state’s economy. (CNN is tracking decisions about this matter.) Governors also decide which industries, in the face of shelter in place orders, continue to operate.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) has developed an Essential Workforce Tracker for monitoring state orders impacting critical infrastructure and critical functions. Thomas has a list of U.S. shutdown orders here.

As Politico reports, the USCC also is arguing that local, state, and national governments should agree on a uniform approach for identifying which workers should report to their jobs and which should stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, USCC officials said, “The lack of clarity on essential workers and functions at both the state level and across the globe is impeding efforts to respond to this crisis.”

It also is imperative that metals service centers engage with their local and state officials. The National Association of Manufacturers has provided a list of instructions offering advice for how to communicate with them about this issue. If companies use the templates and instructions provided here, they should alter them to reflect their individual operations. Now, more than ever, it is important that our community of companies speaks with a nonpartisan and unified voice to our elected officials and policymakers.

Thomas also is tracking all state aid programs available to small businesses. Click here to review.