Memo from CMTA President on guidance for CA MFG to re-open

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 8, 2020

To: CMTA Members and Broader Manufacturing Community 

From: Lance Hastings, CMTA President

Governor Newsom just announced industry-specific guidelines to begin the re-opening of the California economy beginning tomorrow, May 8, 2020. The sectors included in this second stage and modifications of California's Stay-at-home order are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture and livestock
  • Auto-dealerships
  • Communications infrastructure
  • Construction
  • Delivery services
  • Energy and utilities
  • Food packing
  • Hotels and lodging
  • Life sciences
  • Logistics and Warehousing facilities
  • Mining and logging
  • Office workspaces
  • Ports
  • Public Transit and Intercity Passenger Rail
  • Real estate transaction
  • Retail

Attached are the guidelines that apply to the manufacturing sector. CMTA was invited to provide input as these guidelines were being developed, and we feel confident that our advanced PPE usage as standard operating procedures will be a key enabler for our sector to rebound from the challenges of the past two months. In fact, since mid-March, essential manufacturers throughout the state embraced enhanced social/physical distancing and hygiene practices across all processes and personnel.

Please note the guidelines affecting staggering employee congregation during break times and/or break rooms may require the most adaptive requirements. Most manufacturers already have rigorous safety programs in place, and site-specific plans should require limited adaptation.

If you have any questions or reactions to these guidelines, please contact

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