FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2020
HELENA, Mont. (March 20, 2020) – On March 16, 2020, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that:
“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
Security Agency (CISA) developed an initial list of “Essential Critical
Infrastructure Workers” to help State and local officials as they work to
protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public
health and safety, as well as economic and national security.
list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are
essential to continued critical infrastructure viability. The industries these
workers represent are many, but specifically list, food and agriculture under
the list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”
advisory in nature, state and local communities are encouraged to utilize this
list when considering COVID-19-related restrictions. MSGA has been in
communication with Senator Daines’ office to ensure agricultural will continue
to be labeled as ‘critical infrastructure’ as CISA has advised.
this crisis it is vitally important these “Priority 1 Function” are able to be
met to ensure not only the safety of our food, but the continuance of commerce
in the agriculture industry. MSGA will work with our state officials to ensure the
following functions will continue;
- Maintaining livestock markets,
- Continuing diagnostic lab tests,
- Animal health import inspections, and
- Inspections of meat and eggs
also want to emphasize the importance of keeping these essential critical infrastructure
workers safe and healthy as they do vital jobs to our society.
As Montanans, we know the importance of our agriculture industry and hope our state government leadership will ensure our agricultural workers are able to continue their duties.
For more information regarding the Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19, visit cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19
Director of Marketing & Communications, MSGA
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