Over the past several days as more information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being disseminated by the federal, state and local governments, there has been a push to classify industries as essential or non-essential. Those deemed as essential can continue to operate as more quarantines and restrictions are put in place. NPMA firmly believes that structural pest control is an essential industry that must continue to provide the valuable services we offer during this pandemic. On 3/17/2020 NPMA sent a letter from CEO Dominique Stumpf to Governors of all 50 states, US Conference of Mayors, the mayors of the largest 100 cities, EPA Administrator Wheeler, AAPCO, ASPCRO and all the SPARs. On 3/18/2020, NPMA and CPMA sent a letter to Health Canada, CFIA, Canadian Health Ministers, Canadian Premiers, and the mayors of Canada’s capital cities.
If you’d like to customize this letter and share with your local municipalities or others feel free to do so. We also want to clarify that it is upon each business to make a decision on what works best for your company, your employees, and your customers but do want to ensure that we have the ability to continue protecting the public from pests and their associated disease and destruction.
To date we have seen numerous Canadian provinces and US cities in California put shelter in place order into effect. Pest Control has been deemed essential in Ontario and in the majority of California cities.