Updated: 5/11/2020 @ 5:45 p.m.
Updates from DPI Member Businesses
Farm work and any work in support of agriculture is considered essential work by the Department of Homeland Security. In Maryland and Delaware, where many nonessential businesses have been ordered to close, agriculture is expected to continue as normal as an essential business. If stopped and questioned by law enforcement, any workers traveling to or from the farm should have with them a letter indicating their place of employment and that their farm, food-producing, or agricultural job is considered essential. Here are templates for such letters, designed for Maryland and Delaware farms and agriculture-supporting businesses, created by University of Maryland Extension. You should fill in empty fields (highlighted in yellow) and sign the letters before giving them to employees who need to drive or travel.