GOVERNOR MILLS ISSUES STAY HEALTHY STAY HOME ORDER
Trucking Still Deemed Essential
The Maine Motor Transport Association has received numerous calls regarding Governor Mills’ Executive Order (EO) that is effective 4/2/20 at 1201 am. The intent of this article is to clarify the EO as it pertains to the trucking industry.
On March 24th, Governor Mills issued
Executive Order 19FY 19/20
in which she deemed the Trucking and Logistics Industry to be an ESSENTIAL BUSINESS. At our request, Governor Mills made this determination for Transportation and Logistics utilizing the definition that we provided her from the
Department of Homeland Security
In response to member requests, and as a way to aid our members with the designation of ESSENTIAL BUSINESS, MMTA created an
ESSENTIAL WORKER template
that drivers and other employees who work in the Trucking and Logistics sector could carry with them. Although carrying this document is not required, it may be helpful and is therefore recommended. A pdf version of this document can be found
. MMTA has received a number of calls asking where they get a number that confirms their business’s designation as Essential. There is no such confirmation that we are aware of and the ESSENTIAL BUSINESS template is what we recommend carrying.
On March 31st, Governor Mills issued the most recent “Stay Healthy, Stay Home mandate”
EO 28 FY 19/20
. This EO acknowledged essential businesses, non-essential businesses that could stay open (not public-facing and under 10 people) and then instructed everyone else to stay home, except for limited essential functions such as obtaining food, pharmacy products, or limited outdoor exercise, etc. Unfortunately, this EO introduced some gray area for non-essential businesses that can stay open by referring to worker travel for “the purpose of engaging in Minimal Operations”. We do not know what the definition of “minimal operations” would be.
The EO further directs Essential Businesses to take additional steps in terms of social distancing and these requirements are spelled out in the EO. Essential businesses (and non-essential businesses remaining open) should carefully read the EO and implement more stringent social distancing measures as mandated.
As part of the original EO, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has given Mainers the ability to request that the service your business provides be deemed as essential for purposes of the Executive Order.
You can access this request form here
The bottom line of the Governor’s order as it relates to the Trucking and Logistics Industry is that we are considered an Essential Business and may continue to operate to deliver the essential goods and relief supplies that our country continues to require. The new EO does not change trucking operations from what had been issued on March 24th. Truck Drivers, and those support functions that are required in order to operate and support the Trucking Industry are also Essential Businesses based on the March 24th EO.
This article has paraphrased the EO’s in an effort to provide brevity and clarity. The full orders are linked in the article. MMTA recommends carrying the
ESSENTIAL WORKER designation form
when travelling in personal vehicles to and from work.
The Stay Home, Stay Health EO is in effect for the entire month of April unless rescinded earlier by Governor Mills.