COVID19 UPDATE
MARCH 24, 2020
FEDERAL ACTION
Congressional Economic Relief legislation: nothing yet.....

IRS:
STATE ACTION
DOTD:

At this time all traffic counts, travel time runs, peak period observations, etc are suspended until traffic patterns return to normal. DOTD will post an announcement once it's ok to start these activities. If you have any questions or concerns, please email TrafficEngineering@la.gov.
AECL COMMENTARY: aware of the implications of extended shelter in place directives on project studies, etc.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION AUTHORIZATION
As noted, the Governor's Proclamation 2020-33 Stay at Home order effective March 23, 2020 at 5:00pm exempted workers providing essential critical infrastructure as identified by the CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency). Our industry views the CISA guidance to cover A/E/C services. Our clients are advising we proceed on their projects. As of today we're covered by CISA.

For those with employees in the field or reporting to the office during the effective date of the Governor's order, the attached Authorization letter can be adjusted to suit your needs. The language was based on similar guidance from the ACEC Business Trust (also included here). It is not intended to substitute for your own legal advice, business policies or planning.
NEW ACEC FORUM
ACEC announces the creation of the “Coronavirus Impact Forum” within the ACEC Communities. They invite you to join this members-only, self-moderated forum to share how coronavirus is affecting your business and share best practices for managing through the crisis. 

To access the forum, please follow this link

Please log in or register with your company email address. If you are creating a new account, please allow up to one hour for access to the forum. If you need any support please contact Member Services ( memberservice@acec.org ) or call 202-347-7474.
CARING AND SHARING
As a matter of general information, in this recurring section will be suggestions offered by ACEC firms via various forums. This is not intended to supersede your company policies, legal guidance or business continuity plans. They are merely shared as food for thought to be used as you deem appropriate:

ACEC BLOG WITH COVID19 UPDATES
This blog site adds several articles and information every day relevant to engineering firms and COVID19.