Governor Newsom signs order to ensure the free flow of critical supplies and equipment; suspends labor law sections

SACRAMENTO – Taking action to ensure that key commodities can be delivered to California retailers in a timely manner during the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts.

The change comes in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s emergency waiver announced last week to ensure the free flow of critical supplies and equipment.

  • Transportation to meet immediate needs for:
    • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19;
    • Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants;
    • Food for emergency restocking of stores;
    • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing , quarantine, and  isolation facilities related to COVID-19;
    • Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine  purposes; and
    • Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services, the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 response.

The executive order also suspends existing law for employers directly impacted by COVID-19 and directs the Labor and Workforce Development Agency to provide guidance to impacted employees.

The Governor’s full executive order can be found here.