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ACEC Texas Member Update: COVID-19 (March 31, 2020)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020  
Posted by: Michael Hancock
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March 31, 2020


















Executive Order Issued Designating Statewide Essential Services:Governor Greg Abbott issued a new Executive Order (GA-14) on Tuesday which included identifying “essential services and activities.” The new orders take effect at 12:01 AM on April 2nd and will run through April 30th.The order, similar to many of the locally issued ordinances, refers to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) MEMO and guidelines (which is posted on our COVID-19 webpage) for which businesses qualify as "essential. "The order requires the listing of “essential services” on the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s (TDEM) webpage, which can be viewed here: TDEM GA-14 “Essential Services” Listing. As stated in a previous member update, it is the opinion of ACEC Texas and ACEC National that the CISA guidelines cover most engineering and related services that are necessary to carry out the functions of the critical infrastructure listed in the CISA document.

Governor Abbott further ordered that schools in Texas are to remain closed through May 4th, unless otherwise extended.The Governor also renewed and amended his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines to model federal guidelines.President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this past weekend that the federal social distancing guidelines would be extended through April 30th.


Travel To and From Louisiana: 
Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order earlier this week that went into effect on Monday, March 30th requiring anyone traveling from the State of Louisiana to Texas via roadway to be required to self-quarantine for 14-days. However, the order does not apply to those deemed as essential services or critical infrastructure, as indicated by the CISA Guidance.  Those that must travel to and from Louisiana for work purposes are asked to do the following:

Complete the Travel Exemption Form, which can be accessed on the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) website: TDEM Exemption Form.

You may continue to work normally while your TDEM Form is being processed. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be sure to have your COMPANY ID and an official COMPANY LETTER indicating that you are deemed an "essential worker."


Free Business Webinars: 
ACEC National has made available four complimentary webinars for member firms in the coming weeks. Please review the following three opportunities still available and please be sure to register:


Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (TBPELS)

TBPELS has set up a COVID-19 webpage with regulatory updates and news as it pertains to the engineering and surveying industry.Important note that the TBPELS office is closed at this time with staff working remotely/virtually.For more information, please click below:









TBPELS COVID-19 Homepage

 

 







ACEC Texas Hosts Virtual Board of Directors &
Annual Membership Meeting














Thank you to the ACEC Texas Board of Directors and all ACEC Texas members who joined us virtually on Monday for our 2020 Board of Directors & Annual Membership Meeting. A special thank you to our outgoing Board Chair, Ms. Susan Turrieta, P.E., of Smith Turrieta Engineering for her hard work and leadership this past year. Mr. Lee Lennard, P.E., of BGE, Inc., will serve as 2020-2021 Board Chair. The newly elected ACEC Texas officers and directors for 2020-2021 can be found here: ACEC Texas Board of Directors.

The ACEC Texas 2020-21 budget and dues structure was unanimously approved at the meeting as were the proposed amendments to the ACEC Texas bylaws.





























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