Status of States Listing Print as an Essential Business

Written April 10, 2020

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Last Updated: April 27, 9:00 A.M.

SGIA is consistently updating this page as we receive news. For questions or more information, reach out to the Government Affairs Department at govtaffairs@sgia.org 

**See our post on Stay in Place Order Expiration Dates to see information on all states.


Throughout the country, each state is at a different stage in their COVID-19 response. Some states have implemented approaches focusing on restricting gatherings of large groups, issuing recommendations of social distancing, etc. while others have become more stringent.

The most stringent measures we have seen being taken so far is issuing a mandatory “Shelter in place” or “Stay at home” order. Along with this order comes a closure of all “non-essential” businesses. Here’s where it gets tricky—what businesses are considered “essential”?

There have been several approaches to define essential businesses. Some states are using the list of essential businesses identified by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The CISA list is not mandatory so other states have developed their own list of essential or life sustaining businesses. Some states have used the CISA list and modified it to reflect the businesses in their states.

In most instances, businesses that support or are in the supply chain of these essential, life-sustaining businesses are allowed to continue to operate. Many printing operations would fall under this “supporting supply chain” category, so SGIA is working with the Printing Industries of America’s Affiliates to get all states who have issued a shelter in place to allow exemptions for supporting businesses. The list below shows the response category each state is currently in.
State Updates

 *Bolded states in the No Restriction on Business category have made it public that they are considering a Stay at Home Order and are working on defining “Essential” businesses.

Even if your state is currently in the No Restrictions on Business category, the possibility of moving to a Stay at Home Order should be on your radar. Changes are happening very rapidly. It is important that “supporting businesses” are considered essential in your state just in case a Stay at Home Order is issued.

For more details on the status of your state’s response, see the resources below:

National Association of Manufacturers is updating their information every day. They have specific information on how manufacturers may be impacted.

Environmental Resource Center is providing newsletters from each state to keep people up to date on the most recent changes.

SGIA is currently working on ensuring all states consider the supporting supply chain as “essential”. If you have questions or would like to send a letter to your governor asking for supporting businesses to be included, reach out to us at govtaffairs@sgia.org. We will continue to keep this list updated.