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Environmental Analysts provide an essential critical service despite Regional Stay at Home Orders

Below is important information for environmental laboratories during the Regional Stay at Home Orders.

California’s essential critical infrastructure workforce includes environmental testing laboratories and vendors. This includes laboratory staff assigned to perform sampling, monitoring and analytical testing, as well as the vendors, suppliers and manufacturers of chemicals, equipment, personal protective equipment, and goods and services who support the essential critical infrastructure workforce.

How Does the Regional Stay at Home Order Impact Environmental Laboratories?

If your laboratory is located within a region that has a Stay at Home Order your laboratory should stay open and your workforce is essential.

California has made available essential worker documentation for travel during the Regional Stay at Home Orders. Essential workers can carry documentation from the California State Water Board indicating their essential worker status if they do not already have appropriate documentation. Download essential worker documentation.

Note: This information is supported by Mark Hoover Deputy Chief, Law Enforcement Branch, California Office of Emergency Services.

Background Information

On December 3, 2020, The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued Regional Stay at Home Orders because of the rise in the rate of increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and test positivity rates across California. The Acting State Public Health Officer of the State of California has ordered CDPH evaluate public health based on Regions, responsive to hospital capacity for persons resident in those Regions. Regional Stay at Home Orders require individuals living in the region stay home or at their place of residence except as necessary to conduct activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure.

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