COVID-19

Statewide Stay at Home Order November 21-December 21 – Ag Exempted

Statewide Stay at Home Order November 21-December 21 – Ag Exempted

Today, the Governor issued a limited stay at home order limiting travel from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The order is in place November 21 – December 21, 2020 involving counties with a purple designation.. Essential businesses, including agriculture, are exempted. 

Attached is a review of the Governor’s Order and a draft letter noting an employee’s status as an essential worker for your use.

Review of the Governor’s Order (pdf)

Draft essential worker status letter (Word doc)

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