By Mark Valentini, Director of Legislative Affairs
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance outlining essential workers that should be exempt from any quarantine orders directed by state or local governments requiring citizens to stay at home. However,
- While the DHS specifies plumbers and those in water services and wastewater treatment as “essential,” there is no specific mention of HVACR, other than what would be required for temperature control for IT equipment.
- While the DHS publishes the guidelines for how state and local governments implement stay-at-home orders, the ultimate responsibility falls on the states to determine who is essential.
- Many states are already clarifying that HVACR is essential, but it’s important to continue to press the message to minimize ambiguity in stay-at-home mandates in other states and localities that haven’t yet issued orders and to let Americans know that our industry continues working to ensure their safety.
It is critical to let your lawmakers know that plumbing and HVAC professionals are classified as essential critical infrastructure workers. Click here to contact your lawmakers at the state and federal levels, in addition to your state governor and attorney general, to convey this important message.
Director of Legislative Affairs , PHCC-National Association