The COVID-19 virus pandemic has caused an unprecedented experience for our industry, and the communities we serve. As companies continue to grapple with the ongoing impact of the global pandemic, ASLRRA is also working hard on our members’ behalf in a number of areas, including with the FRA, PHMSA and STB, and also Congressional members to ensure Short Line Industry needs are considered.
Association staff members
are available to assist members as the industry navigates this difficult period. Although ALRRA’s offices are closed per DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Order 2020-103, our staff is working from home and available for you.
– The CDC has issued a Mask Order
requiring a mask covering the nose and mouth with limited exceptions as of February 1 at 11:59pm. ASLRRA believes this order would apply to freight railroads.
Effective March 1, 2021, the FRA has issued a Mask Mandate (Emergency Order 32
). We are still waiting on formal answers to the dozens of questions that we and other industry and labor groups have posed to the FRA clarifying various aspects of the rule – at this point, we expect those to be published on the DOT’s mask FAQ page
by mid-March. Please continue to check the mask FAQ webpage for updates.
– on behalf of our small business railroad members, ASLRRA joined a letter to State Governors
urging prioritization of railroad workers in vaccine distribution. A state-by-state vaccine prioritization plan reference guide is provided here
. The ASLRRA has developed a template
for railroad workers to supply to local and state authorities in order to access a vaccine. The CDC has provided a toolkit
for communicating information about the vaccine to Essential Workers. And finally, courtesy of ASLRRA member Burns White is guidance
on addressing the question, “can employers mandate that their employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine?”
CDC Guidance on Vaccinated Individuals
As of March 8, 2021, the CDC has issued updated guidance on interactions with and between vaccinated individuals. Broadly, the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people can meet freely in private settings with other fully vaccinated people, but that several restrictions remain, including advising against travel and recommending mask wearing in public. Click here
to read the latest guidance.