NGA and ASA COVID-19 Outreach on Keeping Construction an Essential Service
NGA has joined its alliance partner, the American Subcontractors Association, to reach out to state Governors who are beginning to issue mandates to cease operations without exemptions for personnel in construction markets. Halting construction activities during this health crisis will have a severe, negative impact on both economic and infrastructure needs of every state.
ASA has made their VoterVoice platform available to allow NGA members and customers to quickly and easily send a letter to your governor on this very important issue. Please copy and paste the text below into the Message Body section of the response form.
Note: Maryland, Pennsylvania and South Carolina Governors have a character limit on incoming emails. You may need to edit the draft statement in order to send.
COPY AND PASTE:
On behalf of the National Glass Association - a trade association representing 1,600 glass, glazing and fenestration manufacturers and suppliers to the construction industry - and the American Subcontractors Association - a trade association representing over 1,800 subcontractors and suppliers in the construction industry - I am writing to voice my concerns that a number of states that have imposed mandates to stop operations without exemptions for construction workers.
Most construction sites require strict safety protocols and separation from the general public. During this pandemic, I urge you to recognize that construction activities are essential to public health and security and our economy.
Construction workers must be allowed to leave their homes to provide any services or perform any work necessary for the operations and maintenance of "essential Infrastructure." As you consider shutdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19, please recognize construction an essential activity.