Yesterday our Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced we will be starting a statewide shelter in place starting at 11:59 PM Friday, March 27, 2020 due to the Coronavirus which causes COVID-19. At Barker-Hammer Assoc, Inc. we have had an high volume of customers ask us what it means to be an essential business and are cleaners considered crucial to the daily operations during the shelter in place? First and foremost, the shelter in place has been mandated for a reason and you should follow the direction of the shelter in place policy until April 10, 2020. If you are providing cleaning and disinfecting services to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus you should be considered an essential business and should apply with the state. Follow this link to apply for an essential business.

Click here for Minnesota Guidance on Stay at Home Order Work Exemptions

If you are not offering the services of disinfecting surfaces than you should stay sheltered in place.

If you are offering these services, you will need a letter explaining why you are not sheltering in place when you are transporting yourself from job sites. Your letter should be on your companies letter head, describe what you do and why it is an essential business and refer the sector you work in with the provided number from the exemption list (Follow the above link for more information) and have your managers or owners contact info and signature with date issued. If you do not fill you fit under any category you need to apply as an essential business (follow the above link)

At Barker-Hammer Assoc, Inc. we are considered an essential business under MN Critical Business Exemptions and the Homeland Security Memorandum (classified as no. 4237) and will be open for curbside pick-up and shipping with a limited staff presence. We are doing our best to compromise and meet the needs of both the shelter in place and being an essential business that supplies disinfectants. Contact us at 952-926-7117 with any questions and view the Minnesota Department of Health resources for up to date information. https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html

Resources for Minnesota Business and Employers.
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/businesses.html
Information and resources for Workers
https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/workers/

Stay healthy and safe and follow the shelter in place policies.