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The Slideshow below shows information related to Washington State and Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties. Currently, this is the update as of 04/09/2020. We will update the maps as more information arises. See Below for maps of the entire United States. 

  • April 30, 2020 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    On April 29th, 2020 CEO Lee Pfluger joined KPQ Radio for an interview related to the Phase-1 Construction Restart. Here's a link to both a quick article about the restart and a link to the radio interview. Be sure to check them both out!



  • April 27, 2020 4:33 PM | Anonymous

    BNCW has compiled the following documents which are necessary to restart construction under the Addendum to Proclamation 20-25, Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.  The addendum sets forth criteria for a limited Phase 1 Construction Restart.  Among other criteria the order requires work to be limited to tasks that can be completed while maintaining 6’ social distancing requirements.  There are 30 requirements that must be met in order for construction work to continue or resume.

    We have combined all the needed forms into one fillable PDF to simplify the compliance process.  All the documents must be filled out, and/or posted on each jobsite. The documents can be found linked above.  There are a number of requirements that will require special attention including; Safety meetings, visitor and employee logs, body temperature testing, designated site specific supervisor, and use of employer provided PPE.  All these requirements are outlined in the following documents.  Please feel free to read and share this document with anyone that may find it helpful. 

    We will do our best to keep everyone informed of any changes that we become aware of, and the latest information available. If anyone has any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Lee Pfluger, by email Lee@BuildingNCW.org or by phone (509) 881-8213.  

    As always, we are here for you and your business.


    Lee Pfluger, CEO Building North Central Washington

  • April 20, 2020 2:27 PM | Anonymous

    Good Afternoon!

    Attached you will find the resolution unanimously passed by the Wenatchee City Council last week allowing some construction to continue in the City of Wenatchee.  The resolution applies to both residential and commercial construction. Also attached is the Declaration that must be completed and turned into the city before they can inspect the project and provide notification that the project can continue.  It is important that we all follow the conditions and procedures outline in the city’s resolution. 

    The resolutions passed by Douglas County, Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee do not put everyone back to work but they are moving us that direction.  If you have any questions or comments, as always, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Be safe out there!

    Resolution 2020-13.pdf

    City of Wenatchee Declaration.pdf

    Lee Pfluger - CEO



  • April 15, 2020 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    Good Morning,

    Some more good news to pass on this morning!  The Chelan County Board of Commissioners have followed the lead of Douglas County and passed a resolution allowing for some residential construction to continue in Chelan County.  The resolution is very similar to Douglas County but be sure to read it over for yourselves.  The commissioners have also made provisions in the document to allow some construction projects to continue around Lake Chelan within the normal high water mark due to the fact that there is a short window to complete these projects before the lake fills potential damaging uncompleted projects.

    As with the Douglas county resolution, it is very important that everyone follows the conditions required by the resolution.  The Commissioners are sticking their necks out in an attempt to get people back to work. As some of you are aware the Mayor of Wenatchee has made statements that he believes Douglas County’s proclamation was outside of the Governor’s guidelines.  Douglas County Commissioners spoke with the governor’s office yesterday, while the Governor’s office did not endorse their interpretation they did not tell them to cease and desist, neither did they have any answers to the question “why is government funded construction essential, while private construction is not?”  There are currently at least 3 other Eastern Washington Counties considering similar resolutions.  There is again cautious optimism that the governor will address this issue in his 3pm press conference today.  Hopefully the leadership of our Chelan and Douglas county commissions are helping to put pressure on Governor to reconsider his position on residential and other private construction.

    As always feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

    Be safe out there!

    Resolution 2020-42 Allowing Pre-Existing Home Sales Agreements to Proceed During The Stay Home Stay Healthy Proclamation.pdf

    Lee Pfluger - CEO



  • April 09, 2020 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    I wanted to follow up with everyone regarding the Douglas County Proclamation allowing some residential construction to continue to completion during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.  After going through the proclamation and a brief discussion with the officials from Douglas County, there are a few points that very important to keep in mind regarding this proclamation.

    1. There are strict conditions that must be followed to comply with this proclamation.
      1. An affidavit stating there is an existing Purchase and Sale agreement or Real Estate contract and previously approved building permit prior to March 27, 2020 must be provided.
      2. An authorization letter will then be issued by the Douglas County Planning Department.
      3. Property viewings, inspections, appraisals and final walk-throughs shall be arranged by appointment only, and be limited to two people at each occurrence. Inspector May require additional measures as required by the building inspector.
      4. All persons on site must observe social distancing guidelines and applicable health and worker protection measures.
      5. County authorization form must be posted on site.
    2. Compliance requires that the owner or contractor must take proof of an exiting Purchase and Sale agreement or Real Estate contract to TLS and receive a letter of authorization BEFORE work begins and it must be POSTED on the jobsite.
    3. Douglas County is pushing the boundaries of the Governor’s order issuing this proclamation and have done their due diligence in an effort to make sure that this opportunity does not get challenged or overturned by the State.  It is crucial that all of us abide by the conditions that have been put in place to allow this work to continue.  As I’m sure you are all aware there is no shortage of people in the community eager to report contractors that they believe are violating the Governors orders.
    4. Please spread the word about the Proclamation and the necessity to comply with the conditions outline therein.

    We have not yet received any official word from Chelan County but I believe they will follow Douglas County’s lead very soon.  As always if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitated to contact me.

    Be safe and have a great day!

    - Lee Pfluger - CEO

  • April 09, 2020 4:46 PM | Anonymous

    A bit of good news today!  The Douglas County Commission issued the attached proclamation which will allow residential construction that is under a real estate contract or a purchase and sale agreement that was signed prior to the Stay Home Stay Safe order to continue to completion with several stipulations.  Also attached is the Health Department’s letter supporting the action.  I have not had the opportunity to fully review the documents yet but I wanted to get this information out as quickly as possible.  Please review it for yourselves and as always contact me with any questions or comments.

    Be safe out there!

    - Lee Pfluger - CEO

    CE 20-26B TLS 20-22B (002).pdf

    CDHD Letter of Support (002).pdf

  • April 09, 2020 4:44 PM | Anonymous

    Good Morning,

    As most of you probably already know last week the Governor extended his “stay at home” order until May 4th.  There was considerable optimism that the governor would lift restrictions on private and residential construction, falling in line with the Department of Homeland Security guidelines, but that did not materialize.  A growing number of State Representatives and Senators as well as local elected officials are pressuring the governor to list private and residential construction as “essential businesses” under his “stay home stay healthy order.”  I urge you to call the Governor’s office at 360-902-4111 and let him know that Private and Residential construction are vital to our region during this health care emergency and should be treated the same as government funded construction.

    In the meantime I have spoken with numerous members with questions about their business, specific projects and how the governor’s order affects them.  Do not hesitate to contact me I’m happy to help in any way I can.  Here are some of the topics that may be of interest:


                 Unless your business is listed as essential here https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/WA%20Essential%20Critical%20Infrastructure%20Workers%20%28Final%29.pdf the Governor’s Order means you risk fines or loss of your business license if you or your employees continue to conduct business.

                   There are some exceptions to this that may allow you to continue to work provided you meet the social distancing requirements published by the CDC.  Here are just a few that may apply.

    • If you or your employees can work from home
    • If your business supports an essential business
      • Such as supplying materials for a public project that is allowed to continue during the shutdown
      • Or you supply parts or materials to agriculture, or are building or repairing structures or equipment necessary for an Ag business to function
      • This could also apply to performing necessary work at child care facility, or other essential business.
    • Construction work is allowed under the following conditions
      • Necessary for the structural integrity of an existing structure
      • To prevent damage or spoliation
      • To prevent erosion
      • For health or safety reasons like:
        • A deck with no handrail
        • Ensuring that a home has a functioning bathroom or kitchen
        • Repairing or finishing electrical or plumbing that could he hazardous.
      • Emergency repairs
        • Broken windows
        • Roof damage from a windstorm
      • Security
        • Repairing or replacing exterior doors or windows to prevent theft or vandalism
        • Fencing or gates to secure a jobsite
        • Installing garage doors to secure a home

    If you are going to be open for business, or working on a jobsite during this time I would suggest printing out the list of essential businesses and exceptions above, highlighting the portions you believe are relevant to your situation and maybe making some notes to go along with it.  Then if you are questioned by health officials, law enforcement or nosey neighbors you can readily point to your justification for your activity.

    None of this is to be construed as legal advice, it is just my opinion, do your own research, make your own judgements and do your best to be safe.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments and please take the time to call the governor’s office 360-902-4111 and send him an email https://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message

    Have a great day and be safe out there


  • March 30, 2020 2:51 PM | Anonymous

    Good Morning, 

    I wanted to pass along some information that many of you may find valuable. Attached are 3 documents outlining The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.” 

    Over the weekend, the Trump administration listed construction as an essential industry during the crisis. While this does not overrule individual Governors' orders, Governor Jay Inslee stated that the restrictions put in place and the essential businesses allowed to continue operations in the State of Washington were based on the Federal Guidelines in place at the time. Hopefully the essential designation from the President will pressure the Governor to allow construction work to resume. In a previous post, you will see we have worked with Local County Commissioners to put pressure on the Governor's Office to life many of the restrictions on construction work in Washington State. 

    Stimulus Small Business Explainer-FINAL.pdf

    Small Business Stimulus Section-by-Section Summary.pdf

    The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act.pdf

    As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us! We're here for you. 


    Lee Pfluger, CEO Building North Central Washington

    O: 509.293.5840 C:509.881.8213 Lee@BuildingNCW.org

  • March 30, 2020 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    Today Douglas County Commissioners Dan Sutton, Kyle Steinburg and Marc Straub sent a letter to Governor Jay Inslee regarding the Moratorium of Construction in the state of Washington. 

    Read the full letter here: Moratorium of Construction via Stay Home Stay Healthy Proclamation.pdf

    Thank you Commissioners for standing up for what is right in the State of Washington. 

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued an Executive Order directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Washingtonians.

In accordance with this order, the Governor has designated the following list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.


Sector Profile

The Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector is large, diverse, and open, spanning both the public and private sectors. It includes publicly accessible healthcare facilities, research centers, suppliers, manufacturers, and other physical assets and vast, complex public-private information technology systems required for care delivery and to support the rapid, secure transmission and storage of large amounts of HPH data.

Essential Workforce

  • Workers providing COVID-19 testing and workers that perform critical clinical research and development needed for COVID-19 response.
  • Health care providers and caregivers (e.g., physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid-level practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection control and quality assurance personnel, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, midwives and doulas attending facility-based or home-based births, alternative healthcare providers, social workers, speech pathologists and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and technologists).
  • Hospital and laboratory personnel (including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering, epidemiological, source plasma and blood donation, food service, housekeeping, medical records, information technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians, respiratory therapists, etc.).
  • Workers in other medical facilities (including Ambulatory Health and Surgical, Blood Banks, Clinics, Community Mental Health, Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation, End Stage Renal Disease, Health Departments, Home Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Organ Pharmacies, Procurement Organizations, Psychiatric, Residential, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers, biotechnology therapies, consumer health products, cannabis retailers).
  • Manufacturers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, and distributors of medical equipment, medical devices, diagnostics, personal protective equipment (PPE), medical gases, pharmaceuticals, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products.
  • Public health / community health workers, including those who compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information.
  • Behavioral health workers (including mental and substance use disorder) responsible for coordination, outreach, engagement, and treatment to individuals in need of mental health and/or substance use disorder services.
  • Blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities.
  • Workers that manage health plans, billing, and health information, who cannot practically work remotely.
  • Workers who conduct community-based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance, compiling, analyzing and communicating public health information, who cannot practically work remotely.
  • Workers who provide support to vulnerable populations to ensure their health and well-being including family care providers.
  • Workers performing cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities, who cannot practically work remotely.
  • Workers conducting research critical to COVID-19 response. Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions, who cannot practically work remotely.
  • Workers who support food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, such as those residing in shelters.
  • Pharmacy employees necessary for filling prescriptions.
  • Workers performing mortuary services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemetery workers.
  • Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident.
  • Workers supporting veterinary hospitals and clinics.


Sector Profile

The Emergency Services Sector (ESS) is a community of highly-skilled, trained personnel, along with the physical and cyber resources, that provide a wide range of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery services during both day-to-day operations and incident response. The ESS includes geographically distributed facilities and equipment in both paid and volunteer capacities organized primarily at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels of government, such as city police departments and fire stations, county sheriff’s offices, Department of Defense police and fire departments, and town public works departments. The ESS also includes private sector resources, such as industrial fire departments, private security organizations, and private emergency medical services providers.

Essential Workforce - Law Enforcement, Public Safety and First Responders

  • Including front line and management, personnel include emergency management, law enforcement, Emergency Management Systems, fire, and corrections, search and rescue, tactical teams including maritime, aviation, and canine units.
  • Military personnel, including National Guard personnel and Coast Guard personnel.
  • Emergency Medical Technicians.
  • Public Safety Answering Points and 911 call center employees.
  • Fusion Center employees.
  • Fire Mitigation Activities.
  • Hazardous material responders and hazardous devices teams, from government and the private sector.
  • Workers – including contracted vendors -- who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting law enforcement and emergency service operations.
  • Private security, private fire departments, and private emergency medical services personnel.
  • Protective services workers responsible for mission critical functions in state institutions, programs, and community facilities, including homeless shelters.

Essential Workforce - Public Works

  • Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential dams, locks and levees.
  • Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues.
  • Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
  • Support, such as road and line clearing, to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications. Support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste.


Sector Profile

The Food and Agricultural (FA) Sector is composed of complex production, processing, and delivery systems and has the capacity to feed people and animals both within and beyond the boundaries of the United States. Beyond domestic food production, the FA Sector also imports many ingredients and finished products, leading to a complex web of growers, processors, suppliers, transporters, distributors, and consumers. This sectors is critical to maintaining and securing our food supply.

Essential Workforce

  • Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, and other retail that sells food and beverage products, including but not limited to Grocery stores, Corner stores and convenience stores, including liquor stores that sell food, Farmers’ markets, Food banks, Farm and produce stands, Supermarkets, Similar food retail establishments, Big box stores that sell groceries and essentials.
  • Restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations – including food preparation, carry-out and delivery food employees.
  • Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees—to include those employed in food processing (packers, meat processing, cheese plants, milk plants, produce, etc.) facilities; livestock, poultry, seafood slaughter facilities; pet and animal feed processing facilities; human food facilities producing by-products for animal food; beverage production facilities; shellfish facilities including hatcheries and nurseries and growing areas; brewery and wine-making facilities; coffee production facilities; artisan food production; and the production of food packaging.
  • Farm workers to include those employed in animal food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; truck delivery and transport; farm and fishery labor needed to produce our food supply domestically.
  • Farm workers and support service workers to include those who field crops; commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; storage facilities; and other agricultural inputs.
  • Employees and firms supporting food, feed, and beverage distribution (including curbside distribution and deliveries), including warehouse workers, vendor-managed inventory controllers, blockchain managers, distribution.
  • Workers supporting the sanitation of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail.
  • Company cafeterias - in-plant cafeterias used to feed employees.
  • Workers in food testing labs in private industries and in institutions of higher education.
  • Workers essential for assistance programs and government payments.
  • Workers supporting cannabis retail and dietary supplement retail.
  • Employees of companies engaged in the production of chemicals, medicines, vaccines, and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids.
  • Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed. ingredients, feed, and bedding, etc.; transportation of live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; raising of animals for food; animal production operations; slaughter and packing plants and associated regulatory and government workforce.
  • Workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood products.
  • Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to agricultural production and distribution.


Sector Profile

The Energy Sector consists of widely-diverse and geographically-dispersed critical assets and systems that are often interdependent of one another. This critical infrastructure is divided into three interrelated segments or subsectors—electricity, oil, and natural gas—to include the production, refining, storage, and distribution of oil, gas, and electric power, except for hydroelectric and commercial nuclear power facilities and pipelines. The Energy Sector supplies fuels to the transportation industry, electricity to households and businesses, and other sources of energy that are integral to growth and production across the Nation. In turn, it depends on the Nation’s transportation, information technology, communications, finance, water, and government infrastructures.

Essential Workforce - Electricity industry

  • Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power, including call centers, utility workers, reliability engineers and fleet maintenance technicians.
  • Workers needed for hydroelectric, biofuels, biogas, geothermal energy, wind, biomass, solar and coal energy generation.
  • Workers who maintain emergency management, risk management, safety and security, and business continuity at all energy generation, transmission, distribution, delivery, production, processing or refining facilities that provide critical community services to Washington state.
  • Workers needed for safe and secure operations at nuclear generation.
  • Workers at generation, transmission, and electric blackstart facilities.
  • Workers at Reliability Coordinator (RC), Balancing Authorities (BA), and primary and backup Control Centers (CC), including but not limited to independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and balancing authorities.
  • Mutual assistance personnel.
  • IT and OT technology staff – for Energy Management System and Supervisory Controland Data.
  • Acquisition (SCADA) systems, and utility data centers; Cybersecurity engineers; cybersecurity risk management.
  • Vegetation management crews and traffic workers who support.
  • Environmental remediation/monitoring technicians.
  • Instrumentation, protection, and control technicians.

Essential Workforce - Petroleum workers

  • Petroleum product storage, pipeline, marine transport, terminals, rail transport, road transport.
  • Crude oil storage facilities, pipeline, and marine transport.
  • Petroleum refinery facilities.
  • Petroleum security operations center employees and workers who support emergency response services
  • Petroleum operations control rooms/centers.
  • Petroleum drilling, extraction, production, processing, refining, terminal operations,transporting, and retail for use as end-use fuels or feedstocks for chemical manufacturing
  • Onshore and offshore operations for maintenance and emergency response.
  • Retail fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops, and the distribution systems that support them.

Essential Workforce - Natural and propane gas workers

  • Natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines, including compressor stations.
  • Underground storage of natural gas.
  • Natural gas processing plants, and those that deal with natural gas liquids.
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities.
  • Natural gas security operations center, natural gas operations dispatch and control rooms/centers natural gas emergency response and customer emergencies, including natural gas leak calls.
  • Drilling, production, processing, refining, and transporting natural gas for use as end-use fuels, feedstocks for chemical manufacturing, or use in electricity generation.
  • 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.


Sector Profile

The Water and Wastewater Sector is a complex sector composed of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure of varying sizes and ownership types. Multiple governing authorities pertaining to the Water and Wastewater Sector provide for public health, environmental protection, and security measures, among others.

Essential Workforce

Employees needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater/drainage infrastructure, including:

  • Operational staff at water authorities.
  • Operational staff at community water systems.
  • Operational staff at wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Workers repairing water and wastewater conveyances and performing required sampling or monitoring.
  • Operational staff for water distribution and testing.
  • Operational staff at wastewater collection facilities.
  • Operational staff and technical support for SCADA Control systems.
  • Chemical disinfectant suppliers for wastewater and personnel protection.
  • Workers that maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting water and wastewater operations.


Sector Profile

The Transportation Systems Sector consists of seven key subsectors, or modes:

  • Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and airports, heliports, and landing strips.

Commercial aviation services at civil and joint-use military airports, heliports, and sea plane bases. In addition, the aviation mode includes commercial and recreational aircraft (manned and unmanned) and a wide-variety of support services, such as aircraft repair stations, fueling facilities, navigation aids, and flight schools.

  • Highway and Motor Carrier encompasses roadway, bridges, and tunnels. Vehicles include trucks, including those carrying hazardous materials; other commercial vehicles, including commercial motorcoaches and school buses; vehicle and driver licensing systems; taxis, transportation services including Transportation Network Companies, and delivery services including Delivery Network Companies; traffic management systems; AND cyber systems used for operational management.
  • Maritime Transportation System consists of ferries, coastline, ports, pilotage, waterways, and intermodal landside connections that allow the various modes of transportation to move people and goods to, from, and on the water.
  • Mass Transit and Passenger Rail includes terminals, operational systems, and supporting infrastructure for passenger services by transit buses, trolleybuses, monorail, heavy rail—also known as subways or metros—light rail, passenger rail, and vanpool/rideshare.
  • Pipeline Systems consist of pipelines carrying natural gas hazardous liquids, as well as various chemicals. Above-ground assets, such as compressor stations and pumping stations, are also included.
  • Freight Rail consists of major carriers, smaller railroads, active railroad, freight cars, and locomotives.
  • Postal and Shipping includes large integrated carriers, regional and local courier services, mail services, mail management firms, and chartered and delivery services.

Essential Workforce

  • Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, workers engaged in snow removal and avalanche control for state highways, and workers that maintain and inspect infrastructure (including those that require cross-border travel).
  • Employees of firms providing services that enable logistics operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use.
  • Mass transit workers.
  • Ferry workers.
  • Taxis, transportation services including Transportation Network Companies, and delivery services including Delivery Network Companies.
  • Workers responsible for operating dispatching passenger, commuter and freight trains and maintaining rail infrastructure and equipment.
  • Maritime transportation workers - port workers, pilots, longshoremen, mariners, equipment operators, ship and vessel operators, crane operators, and shipyard foremen/women, marina workers.
  • Truck drivers who haul hazardous and waste materials to support critical infrastructure, capabilities, functions, and services.
  • Automotive, motorcycle, bicycle and motorized wheelchair/scooter repair and maintenance facilities.
  • Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations.
  • Postal and shipping workers, to include private companies.
  • 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.
  • Air transportation employees, including air traffic controllers, ramp personnel, aviation security, and aviation management.
  • Workers who support the maintenance and operation of cargo by air transportation, including flight crews, maintenance, airport operations, and other on- and off- airport facilities workers.


Sector Profile

The Communications Sector provides products and services that support the efficient operation of today’s global information-based society. Communication networks enable people around the world to contact one another, access information instantly, and communicate from remote areas. This involves creating a link between a sender (including voice signals) and one or more recipients using technology (e.g., a telephone system or the Internet) to transmit information from one location to another.

Technologies are changing at a rapid pace, increasing the number of products, services, service providers, and communication options. The national communications architecture is a complex collection of networks that are owned and operated by individual service providers. Many of this sector’s products and services are foundational or necessary for the operations and services provided by other critical infrastructure sectors. The nature of communication networks involve both physical infrastructure (buildings, switches, towers, antennas, etc.) and cyber infrastructure (routing and switching software, operational support systems, user applications, etc.), representing a holistic challenge to address the entire physical-cyber infrastructure.

The IT Sector provides products and services that support the efficient operation of today’s global information-based society and are integral to the operations and services provided by other critical infrastructure Sectors. The IT Sector is comprised of small and medium businesses, as well as large multinational companies. Unlike many critical infrastructure Sectors composed of finite and easily identifiable physical assets, the IT Sector is a functions-based Sector that comprises not only physical assets but also virtual systems and networks that enable key capabilities and services in both the public and private sectors.

Essential Workforce - Communications

  • Maintenance of communications infrastructure- including privately owned and maintained communication systems- supported by technicians, operators, call-centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service providers, satellite operations, undersea cable landing stations, Internet Exchange Points, and manufacturers and distributors of communications equipment.
  • Workers who support radio, television, newspapers and media service, including, but not limited to front line news reporters, studio, and technicians for newsgathering and reporting, and workers involved in the printing and distribution of newspapers.
  • Workers at Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations, and Network Operations staff, engineers and/or technicians to manage the network or operate facilities.
  • Engineers, technicians and associated personnel responsible for infrastructure construction and restoration, including contractors for construction and engineering of fiber optic cables.
  • Installation, maintenance and repair technicians that establish, support or repair service as needed.
  • Central office personnel to maintain and operate central office, data centers, and other network office facilities.
  • Customer service and support staff, including managed and professional services as well as remote providers of support to transitioning employees to set up and maintain home offices, who interface with customers to manage or support service environments and security issues, including payroll, billing, fraud, and troubleshooting.
  • Dispatchers involved with service repair and restoration.

Essential Workforce - Information Technology

  • Workers who support command centers, including, but not limited to Network Operations Command Center, Broadcast Operations Control Center and Security Operations Command Center.
  • Data center operators, including system administrators, HVAC & electrical engineers, security personnel, IT managers, data transfer solutions engineers, software and hardware engineers, and database administrators.
  • Client service centers, field engineers, and other technicians supporting critical infrastructure, as well as manufacturers and supply chain vendors that provide hardware and software, and information technology equipment (to include microelectronics and semiconductors) for critical infrastructure.
  • Workers responding to cyber incidents involving critical infrastructure, including medical facilities, SLTT governments and federal facilities, energy and utilities, and banks and financial institutions, and other critical infrastructure categories and personnel.
  • Workers supporting the provision of essential global, national and local infrastructure for computing services (incl. cloud computing services), business infrastructure, web-based services, and critical manufacturing.
  • Workers supporting communications systems and information technology used by law enforcement, public safety, medical, energy and other critical industries.
  • Support required for continuity of services, including janitorial/cleaning personnel.


Essential Workforce

  • Critical government workers, including the Governor’s Office, as defined by the employer and consistent with Continuity of Operations Plans and Continuity of Government plans.
  • State and county workers responsible for determining eligibility for safety netbenefits.
  • Workers responsible for facilitating return to work resources.
  • The Courts, consistent with direction from the Washington State Chief Justice.
  • Workers to ensure continuity of building functions.
  • Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures.
  • Elections personnel.
  • Federal, State, and Local, Tribal, and Territorial employees who support Mission Essential Functions and communications networks.
  • Trade Officials (FTA negotiators; international data flow administrators).
  • Weather forecasters.
  • Workers that maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting other critical government operations.
  • Workers at operations centers necessary to maintain other essential functions.
  • Workers who support necessary credentialing, vetting and licensing operations for transportation workers.
  • Workers who are critical to facilitating trade in support of the national, state, and local emergency response supply chain.
  • Workers supporting public and private childcare establishments, licensed pre-K establishments, K- 12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of distance learning, or the provision of school meals, or child care for the children of essential workers across all sectors and for uniquely vulnerable children.
  • Hotel workers.
  • Construction workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction) for all essential facilities, services and projects included in this document, and for residential construction related to emergency repairs and projects that ensure structural integrity.
  • Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of construction sites and construction projects (including those that support such projects to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications; and support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of solid waste and hazardous waste).
  • Commercial Retail Stores, that supply essential sectors, including convenience stores, pet supply stores, auto supplies and repair, hardware and home improvement, garden stores and nurseries that support food cultivation and production, office supply stores that support working-from home, and home appliance retailers.
  • Workers providing care to animals in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, nature preserves and game farms.
  • Workers critical to operating Rental Car companies that facilitate continuity of operations for essential workforces, and other essential travel.
  • Workers who provide or determine eligibility for food, shelter, in-home supportive services, child welfare, adult protective services and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals (including family members and individuals experiencing homelessness).
  • Professional services, such as legal or accounting and tax preparation services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities and critical sector services.
  • Artists and musicians providing services through streaming or other technology.
  • Unions and worker advocacy organizations.
  • Workers providing, maintaining and repairing heating, cooling and refrigeration services.
  • Professional employer organizations providing payroll benefits, regulatory assistance and HR services.
  • Laundromats and laundry services.


Sector Profile

The Critical Manufacturing Sector identifies several industries to serve as the core of the sector: Primary Metals Manufacturing, Machinery Manufacturing, Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing, Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Products made by these manufacturing industries are essential to many other critical infrastructure sectors.

Essential Workforce

  • Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base.


Essential Workforce

  • Workers at nuclear facilities, workers managing medical waste, workers managing waste from pharmaceuticals and medical material production, and workers at laboratories processing testkits.
  • Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup.
  • Workers who maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting hazardous materials management operations.


Sector Profile

The Financial Services Sector includes thousands of depository institutions, providers of investment products, insurance companies, other credit and financing organizations, and the providers of the critical financial utilities and services that support these functions. Financial institutions vary widely in size and presence, ranging from some of the world’s largest global companies with thousands of employees and many billions of dollars in assets, to community banks and credit unions with a small number of employees serving individual communities. Whether an individual savings account, financial derivatives, credit extended to a large organization, or investments made to a foreign country, these products allow customers to: Deposit funds and make payments to other parties; Provide credit and liquidity to customers; Invest funds for both long and short periods; Transfer financial risks between customers.

Essential Workforce

  • Workers who are needed to process and maintain systems for processing financial transactions and services (e.g., payment, clearing, and settlement; wholesale funding; insurance services; and capital markets activities).
  • Workers who are needed to provide consumer access to banking and lending services, including ATMs, and to move currency and payments (e.g., armored cash carriers)
  • Workers who support financial operations, such as those staffing data and security operations centers.


Sector Profile

The Chemical Sector—composed of a complex, global supply chain—converts various raw materials into diverse products that are essential to modern life. Based on the end product produced, the sector can be divided into five main segments, each of which has distinct characteristics, growth dynamics, markets, new developments, and issues: Basic chemicals; Specialty chemicals; Agricultural chemicals; Pharmaceuticals; Consumer products.

Essential Workforce

  • Workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including workers at chemical manufacturing plants, workers in laboratories, workers at distribution facilities, workers who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food additives, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and paper products.
  • Workers supporting the safe transportation of chemicals, including those supporting tank truck cleaning facilities and workers who manufacture packaging items.
  • Workers supporting the production of protective cleaning and medical solutions, personal protective equipment, and packaging that prevents the contamination of food, water, medicine, among others essential products.
  • Workers supporting the operation and maintenance of facilities (particularly those with high risk chemicals and/ or sites that cannot be shut down) whose work cannot be done remotely and requires the presence of highly trained personnel to ensure safe operations, including plant contract workers who provide inspections.
  • Workers who support the production and transportation of chlorine and alkali manufacturing, single-use plastics, and packaging that prevents the contamination or supports the continued manufacture of food, water, medicine, and other essential products, including glass container manufacturing.


Sector Profile

The Defense Industrial Base Sector is the worldwide industrial complex that enables research and development, as well as design, production, delivery, and maintenance of military weapons systems, subsystems, and components or parts, to meet U.S. military requirements. The Defense Industrial Base partnership consists of Department of Defense components, Defense Industrial Base companies and their subcontractors who perform under contract to the Department of Defense, companies providing incidental materials and services to the Department of Defense, and government-owned/contractor- operated and government-owned/government-operated facilities. Defense Industrial Base companies include domestic and foreign entities, with production assets located in many countries. The sector provides products and services that are essential to mobilize, deploy, and sustain military operations.

Essential Workforce

  • Workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military. These individuals, include but are not limited to, aerospace; mechanical and software engineers, manufacturing/production workers; IT support; security staff; security personnel; intelligence support, aircraft and weapon system mechanics and maintainers.
  • Personnel working for companies, and their subcontractors, who perform under contract to the Department of Defense providing materials and services to the Department of Defense, and government-owned/contractor-operated and government-owned/government-operated facilities.

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