Servicing Construction Industry Qualifies Many Flooring Dealers as “Essential"

Washington, DC, March 24, 2020-Floorcovering dealers may qualify as essential operations in some locations. This is dictated by state policies. 

This is a link to Ohio’s Director's Stay at Home Order, issued by the state’s Department of Health. 

Sections 9 and 12 outline operations related to “essential infrastructure” and “essential businesses and operations.”

Section 9 states, "Essential Infrastructure. For purposes of this, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessmy to offer, provision, operate, maintain and repair Essential Infrastructure.

"Essential Infrastructure includes, but is not limited to: food production, distribution, fulfillment centers, storage facilities, marinas, and sale; construction (including, but not limited to, construction required in response to this public health emergency, hospital construction, construction oflong-term care facilities, public works construction, school construction, essential business construction, and housing construction); building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical (including power generation, distribution, and production of raw materials); distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; p01is; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).

"Essential Infrastructure shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts to essential infrastructure, broadly defined."