WASHINGTON — Vehicle service and repair personnel are considered "essential" and may continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a guidance list issued of essential critical infrastructure workers by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The March 19 list, according to DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), "identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction and performing management functions, among others.
"As state and local communities consider COVID-19-related restrictions, CISA is offering this list to assist prioritizing activities related to continuity of operations and incident response," CISA said of the 14-page list.
The list is advisory in nature and not meant to be either a federal directive or an exhaustive list of critical infrastructure sectors, CISA said.
The list identifies 13 sectors critical to the smooth running of the U.S. government and economy, including health care, law enforcement, food and agriculture, critical manufacturing, hazardous materials, public works, energy, communications and information technology, and financial services.