STATEMENT: Guidance for NCSEA Members Regarding Executive Order 121
Today, in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic
Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 121, a “Stay-At-Home Order.” NCSEA is
continuing to review the full Order but has identified guidance that our
members may find important below.
Under EO 121, North Carolina citizens are required to
remain at home except for critical activities and services. The
Governor’s Office used the Department of Homeland Security’s guidance to define
which activities and services are considered critical.[i]
Under this guidance, electrical generation, construction, and operations are
exempted and are permitted to continue while North Carolina is under the
Stay-At-Home order. We recommend that our members
review the full Order here,
as there may be additional information included that is important to your
The NCSEA team is here for our members during this
uncertain time, and we invite members to join us for a call on Tuesday March
31 from 9:00-10:00 am ET. During this meeting, the NCSEA team will review
with our members EO 121 and the exempted activities and services. Members will
have the opportunity to ask questions and dialogue with their peers regarding
EO 121, COVID-19, and the impact on businesses.
If you would like to join the meeting, please e-mail Matt Abele at email@example.com.
[i] The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (“CISA”) guidance defines the electricity industry as Essential Critical Infrastructure, including “Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore, or are involved in the development, transportation, fuel procurement, expansion, or operation of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power[.]”).
[…] North Carolina’s Stay at Home Order considers energy – and construction – within COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations. However, businesses must still direct employees to work from home or telework to the maximum extent possible. Employers should assess their human resources policies and applicable laws to determine the most appropriate arrangement for business continuity during this time. […]