NEFI Recommends Business Practices to Help Prepare for Economic Reopening


Originally posted by the New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) on May 14, 2020:

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NEFI has endeavored to provide the heating fuel industry with the latest resources and to respond to our members’ changing needs. At the beginning of the outbreak, we provided Recommended Business Practices written specifically for our industry. Since then, we have continued to update these guidelines as more information has become available.

As states and localities are now beginning to reopen and establishing specific requirements for businesses and the public, we encourage our members to look into those requirements and consult their state associations for further guidance specific to their service area. To assist businesses in the reopening process, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has developed State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance in the form of a map listing guidelines and timelines for employers in each state.

ACCESS THE STATE REOPENING GUIDANCE

In the event that officials, companies or customers seek guidance specific to heating fuel dealers and home comfort providers, our newly updated Recommended Business Practices are intended to complement and not to replace government rules and regulations. Remember, most labor practices are based on state laws and regulations. Many of these laws, rules and best practices are now evolving rapidly. What may have been appropriate earlier in the pandemic may not be appropriate now. All businesses should consult with legal counsel and a qualified physician on these matters.

NEFI’S RECOMMENDED BUSINESS PRACTICES

Congress and state governments are looking at the possibility of extending liability protections to businesses that have remained open throughout the pandemic, but there do not yet exist any guaranteed COVID-19 liability protections, even for businesses deemed essential. Therefore, we strongly advise that you continue to consult with legal counsel throughout your state’s reopening process. As more information becomes available, NEFI will continue to provide guidance and fight to protect the best interests of our members, supporters and colleagues in the heating and energy industry.

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