Non-Essential Michigan Workers Ordered to Stay at Home: Propane industry NOT included in the order
March 23, 2020
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has just issued an order that all non-essential Michigan workers should remain in their homes beginning tomorrow, March 24th, through April 13th. To review the Michigan Stay at Home Order, please click here. Please note the closure of schools has been extended to April 13th as well.
Please be advised, the Michigan propane industry has been deemed an essential service. This means that Michigan retail propane operations and operations of those in the propane supply chain that make it possible for the propane industry to provide its services REMAIN ESSENTIAL to the state of Michigan. Likewise, this means that the MPGA and its members should continue to provide its services and propane fuel to those that rely on propane for their homes and businesses.
The MPGA continues to recommend that ALL MPGA members take the precautions to maintain social distancing, practicing the highest standards of hygiene, and frequently wash hands and surfaces at your workplaces. The MPGA also recommends members make adjustments to limit contact with your customers during home deliveries and at your retail operations. The MPGA recommends any members with showrooms discontinue those operations. The MPGA recommends members utilize more drop box payments and credit card payments to limit customer interaction. The MPGA also encourages all members to encourage your employees that are sick to remain at home. Above all, be smart with how you conduct yourselves, your employees and your operations during this crisis.
Please be advised that the MPGA will continue to place COVID related news updates on this page. The MPGA staff will remain at work but the staff be working from home. The best way to reach the MPGA will be vial email at [email protected]
Federal Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
March 20, 2020
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with other federal agencies, published guidance on “essential workers” for state and local authorities that have or are considering ‘shelter-in-place’ ordinances or similar restrictions on movement.
The intent of the guidance is to eliminate or minimize discrepancies in defining “essential workers” among state and local authorities so as to maintain operation of key industry sectors of the United States. NPGA communicated with the agencies to include propane employees among “essential workers” classifications. The guidance document identifies propane employees under the sectors for Energy as well as Transportation and Logistics, which are excerpted below:
- Propane gas dispatch and control rooms and emergency response and customer emergencies, including propane leak calls
- Propane gas service maintenance and restoration, including call centers
- Processing, refining, and transporting natural liquids, including propane gas, for use as end-use fuels or feedstocks for chemical manufacturing
- Propane gas storage, transmission, and distribution centers
Transportation and Logistics
- Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, and workers that maintain and inspect infrastructure (including those that require cross-border travel)
- Truck drivers who haul hazardous and waste materials to support critical infrastructure, capabilities, functions, and services
- Automotive repair and maintenance facilities
- 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