On March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order No. 2020-10 (COVID-19 Executive Order No. 8) (the Order), pursuant to which (1) all businesses and operations in Illinois other than essential business and operations are required to cease all activities within the state except minimum basic operations, and (2) all individuals living in Illinois are ordered to stay at their place of residence except to perform certain essential activities and essential government functions or to operate essential businesses and operations. The Order further imposes social distancing requirements for businesses that continue to operate and individuals who leave their residences. The Order is effective beginning March 21, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. CDT, through April 7, 2020. Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. qualifies as an essential business, and therefore will continue to operate under the terms of the current proclamation.
Also, in accordance to U.S. Homeland Security’s Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response, Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. business operations are considered “Essential Business” and its employees are considered an “Essential Infrastructure Workforce”. We manufacture equipment that is used in the Food and Agriculture sector, deemed a critical infrastructure sector as identified in the Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response Version 1.0 (March 19, 2020) published by the US Department of Homeland Security.
For our customers and channel partners, Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. will remain operational as long as this guidance remains in place or we are instructed to cease activities by the Federal, State, and/or local authorities. We have implemented mitigation plans in order to continue to provide our equipment with as minimal of disruption as possible. Our headquarters is staffed with sales, engineering and operations professionals who will continue their work as planned. Other members of same staffs are working remote with full capabilities and access necessary to support your requirements.
For our valued suppliers, this applies to your teams as well. Therefore, your workers and carriers are appropriately considered exempt from shelter in place orders, curfews, and other restrictions when commuting to or from work or performing their job functions in support of Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. and other Food and Agriculture industry sector members.
Please know that we remain committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, customers, and business partners and will continue to follow the enhanced hygiene policies, travel limitations, facility access restrictions, and social distancing measures previously communicated.
We will continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments as necessary. Thank you for your continued support.
Together, we will get through this.
Donald L. Goshert
Vice President and General Manager
Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc.