Federal and State Guidance as Regards Essential Services Workers During Covid 19 Crisis and Stay at Home Orders

As Illustrated Below both New York State and Federal Guidelines for essential services include Building maintenance Services and Construction Services.

New York State Guidelines. (link Below)

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york-state-pause-executive-order

Federal Guidelines Link Below

https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE

FROM:            Christopher C. Krebs

Director

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

The attached list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing management functions, among others. The industries they support represent, but are not necessarily limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works.

Third Floor Corporation/Doctor Structure statement

The links above provide clear Federal and New York State guidelines defining which industries are classified as “Essential, Critical.”
Construction and many construction trades are explicitly mentioned. Third Floor Corporation and Doctor Structure Incorporated are open and operating, though at the same time we are striving to minimize the potential for viral contamination to ourselves, clients and other operating stakeholders.

Though we are not on the front lines in the way of medical personnel, grocery and other food supply workers, pharmacists, emergency first responders and so many others, we have taken the stance to retain the integrity of our organizational functioning to see that our clients’ homes are functioning safely and properly and to be available as needed with tools, vehicles, labor power and equipment. We are committed to finishing up projects during which families’ homes are exposed to the elements or are in any way left unsecured.

We are not accepting any interior construction work in occupied homes and our crew has been instructed not to enter occupied dwellings to use the bathroom or for any other non-emergency reason. We are dividing crews so as to minimize unnecessary interpersonal contact. Client meetings and architectural conferences have gone virtual. Any of our staff who are symptomatic are instructed to stay at home until they are fully recovered and we are adopting a flexible stance toward workers and trade contractors who have family obligations related to the present crisis.

Good health and safe passage to all.

Benjamin Fiering
President, Owner and Master Builder Third Floor Corporation
Chief consultant Doctor Structure Incorporated

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