Federal Government Issues Guidance to Define Vehicle Service and Repair as Essential Service
By Camille Sheehan
BETHESDA, Md. – March 20, 2020 – The Federal government has issued guidance to state and
local governments to include the vehicle service and repair industry in the
definition of essential services for the purposes of emergency orders that
require non-essential businesses to close.
Released on March 19, The Department of
Homeland Security memorandum entitled “MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION
OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE” includes
a 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
Of major importance to the auto care industry, the document includes the list of workers that are considered “essential”: “Automotive repair and maintenance facilities”
and “Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment,
marine vessels, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations
that encompass movement of cargo and passengers”.
“The Auto Care Association has been working tirelessly on the Federal, State
and local level to educate officials on the need to include Transportation
Services on the list of essential businesses that should remain open during
emergency shutdown orders in order to ensure the mobility of the public and
most importantly emergency service personnel. This Federal directive hopefully will provide important guidance to State and local officials in the development of any emergency orders,”
according to Auto Care Association president and CEO, Bill Hanvey.
Additionally, Auto Care has been working
with retail and industry associations to document State responses to the
COVID-19 virus. The following link,
courtesy of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) documents each
state’s publicly available information concerning emergency status, executive’s orders and other useful information. Auto Care advises the public to to check this document on a frequent basis for new
developments. The link can also be found on the Association’s Coronavirus industry resource page located at the association's coronavirus webpage.
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