COVID-19 response & readiness:

'Essential' Status


Updated January 2021


As a supplier to food manufacturing companies, Douglas is deemed to be a critical business within the meaning of the following federal guidance on COVID-19 and those states that have issued executive "stay-at-home" orders. By way of example: 

Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) designates the food and agriculture sector as a critical infrastructure sector whose assets, systems, and networks are considered so vital that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health, or safety. 


President's Coronavirus Guidance published on March 16, 2020 instructs employees of Critical Infrastructure Industries, such as the food and agriculture sector, to maintain normal work patterns during the global coronavirus outbreak. Douglas considers its employees, therefore, to be carrying out duties within a sector that has been designated as critical infrastructure, the continued operation of which is vital for security, national economic security, national public health, and safety.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has included, among other things, "food and agriculture, transportation and logistics" in its March 19, 2020 Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 Response, specifically naming "food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees" as essential workers.  


As such, in compliance with the applicable federal guidelines and state issue directives, Douglas is continuing to operate and perform its critical and essential services; and our employees are permitted under CISA’s guidance to travel to and from their assigned work locations with exemption from state or local restrictions including closure orders, curfews, shelter-in-place orders, and other mobility restrictions.