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May 4, 2020

USDA identifies essential services during ‘shelter-in-residence’ orders

WASHINGTON – In a letter to vendors the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) outlined what operations will be allowed in areas affected by shelter-in-residence directives. The letter was issued March 25 by David Tuckwiller, deputy administrator, commodity procurement, at the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The letter noted that many cities and states have directed that individuals shelter at their place of residence to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Exemptions are extended to persons leaving their residences to provide or receive essential services, or to engage in certain essential services and work for an essential business or government agency. The letter also asserted that activities supporting critical federal infrastructure sectors as defined by the Department of Homeland Security preempt any conflicting city or state provision.  Read more