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COVID-19

Indiana has been under stay-at-home orders since March 25, but began re-opening May 4. It will be a slow process, lasting through at least July 4.

 

ISPLS' staff offices are in Indianapolis, where Mayor Joe Hogsett continued a citywide stay-at-home order through May 15. Staff are doing the work of the Society from home and continue have access to email and voicemail, though responses to voicemail may be slower than normal.

 

Executive Orders

Resources

20-02: DECLARING A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

Critical Industries Hotline phone: (877) 820-0890  

20-05: state agency responsibilities

Critical Industries Hotline email  

20-06: temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures

Stay-at-Home order FAQ

20-08: STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

Relief offered by the CARES Act

20-09: continuity of government

New SBA loan program provides business relief

20-12: state agency responsibilities for helping

Disaster funding for businesses – Facts and Info

20-13: health care response

CARES Act Stimulus Bill

20-15: more state agency actions

Disaster relief through Section 139 programs and charities

20-16: education response

Treasury formally announces extension of IRS tax deadline

20-17: RENEWAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

20-18: STAY-AT-HOME EXTENSION 

Changes to unemployment insurance as a result of COVID-19

 

ISPLS Action

The Society's leadership wrote a letter to Gov. Holcomb in conjunction with our lobbyist Mike O'Brien imploring him to exempt land surveyors from any stay-at-home order. The above Executive Orders do not explicitly list land surveying as an exempted profession, but ISPLS enlisted the expertise of a local attorney and directly contacted the State of Indiana's Critical Industries Hotline. Based on both of those conversations, it is the position of ISPLS that surveying qualifies as "Essential Business" under Gov. Holcomb's Executive Orders.

 

In Executive Order 20-08:

  • Section 11: "Essential Infrastructure" lists numerous construction-related professions and supporting trades, then goes on to say, “the phrases 'Essential Infrastructure' shall be constructed broadly in order to avoid any impacts to essential infrastructure, broadly defined.” Surveyors fall under a broad definition of essential infrastructure necessary to keep construction projects moving forward.
  • Section 14J: "Critical Trades" states that “building, construction, and other trades, including, but not limited to…” are exempt. While it doesn’t list surveyors specifically, there won’t be any construction getting done if surveyors aren’t allowed to work.
  • Section 14T: "Professional Services" states that “…real estate services (including appraisal and title services)” are also exempt. While it doesn’t list surveyors specifically, surveyors are an essential part of that process.

A representative of the Critical Industries Hotline, established in the wake of Gov. Holcomb's Executive Orders to clarify industry questions regarding how various professions are impacted by the Orders, agreed, telling us surveying qualifies as Essential Business and is exempt from the Stay-at-Home Order so long as you abide by the other aspects of the Order (e.g., limit gatherings to no more than 10 people, practice social distancing of at least 6 feet).

 

As part of its response to ISPLS' request for clarification of the Executive Orders, the Indiana Economic Development Commission's Response Team said:

 

While these exemptions are in place, we recommend businesses take a “common sense” approach to determining if their business contributes to the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and essential businesses. We’re urging Indiana employers to strongly consider their ability to operate while adhering to social distancing requirements and generally supporting the ‘Stay at Home’ mandate. Because not every situation or business is outlined in the Order, we suggest businesses consult with their legal teams, if applicable, regarding their compliance with the executive order.

 

Along with the Governor’s executive order, businesses should also abide by any orders or mandates established by local governments. Essential businesses should continue to maintain best practices or implement policies in the workplace as recommended by the CDC.

 

Have a client who's worried about letting you work on their project during the stay-at-home order? We've written a letter any individual member or firm member is welcome to use explaining surveying's exemption under the order. You can download it as a Word document or a PDF.

 

If you are concerned about law enforcement stopping you and asking why you're out during the stay-at-home period, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said during a press conference that law enforcement is not empowered to stop citizens for no other reason than to ask them why they are out.


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