Integration companies are exempted from shut down

by Rick Overholt on March 23, 2020

Empty buildings need to remain protected and monitored.  Construction of homes and businesses needs to continue.  Fire alarms and security systems need to remain working and tested.  OMNI helps to maintain the communications systems that alert first responders for property, fire, and life safety emergencies.

Integration companies are exempted from shut down by coronavirus regulations that call for a work stoppage in a local area. That’s because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has identified integrators as “essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 response.”

The list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” identified by the CISA Report include: 

Installation, maintenance and repair technicians that establish, support or repair service as needed.

Customer service and support staff, including managed and professional services as well as remote providers of support 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 Critical Infrastructure. Work necessary to the operations and
maintenance of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors as identified by the
National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) – the ones that are effected by integrators include:

Residential and commercial construction, telecommunications systems, business infrastructure.

“…provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with social distancing requirements of six feet, to the extent possible. “

Essential Businesses providing essential infrastructure should implement screening precautions to protect employees and all activity shall be performed in compliance with social distancing guidelines.”


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