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Who is Considered an Essential Worker During the COVID-19 Pandemic?


With continued speculation around shelter in place mandates, there has been a lot of questions regarding what jobs would be considered essential.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency has developed an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”  This list has been referenced in many of the shelter in place proclamations made by government officials.


“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”  

Here is the full list, broken down by sector:

Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

Washington “What’s an Essential Business”


Be sure to check each sector if you do not find your profession and feel it should fall under an essential worker.

If you have been laid off from your job, check to see if you qualify to apply for unemployment benefits.  Emergency rules have been adopted to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated: Governor Jay Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order Monday night.  You can read more about it here.


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