The following is a summary of major COVID 19 developments. This page will include new regulations from New York State and the Federal Government. It also includes tool kits and information to address the economic consequences of COVID-19. It will be updated on a regular basis.
Broadcasters are Essential Services
The Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. § 5189 e) includes radio or television broadcasting within the definition of an “essential service provider.” The federal statue states further that a federal agency, “to the greatest extent practicable,” shall not deny or impede access to the disaster site to an essential service provider. The statute can be found HERE.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a letter indicating that we are essential services.
To obtain the letter contact firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (CISA) just issued new guidance on the “essential critical infrastructure workforce.” See page 16 of the linked document, 7th bullet under “OTHER COMMUNITY- OR GOVERNMENT-BASED OPERATIONS AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS”
Workers who support radio, print, internet and television news and media services, including, but not limited to front line news reporters, studio, and technicians for newsgathering, reporting, and publishing news.
The new guidelines can be found HERE.
FCC Chairman Agit Pai and CISA Director Christopher Krebs also confirmed we are essential services. Click HERE.
A copy of the letter to Governor Cuomo can be found HERE.
Under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders, the news media is considered to be an essential service. This includes all broadcasters. Importantly, no local or county government can override the decision allowing broadcasters to be an essential service.
The Executive Order can be found HERE.
You should print these authorizations and carry them with you. (Note while they are NYC, the authorization is to operate statewide.) The web page for obtaining county specific authorizations can be found HERE.
We have prepared a NYSBA COVID-19 Travel authorization form which may be down loaded HERE.
New York City
In addition to COVID-19 issues, New York City has been operating under a curfew. The key document for NY City is a “FINAST” letter from NYPD.
NYPD FINAST letter to operate during COVID-19 contact email@example.com
Mayor’s Executive Order exempting essential services from curfew contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NYPD FINAST letter to operate after curfew contact email@example.com
Station personnel should carry some form of ID indicating that they work at a broadcast station. In addition, they may want to carry the letters mentioned above.
If you have any questions issues contact David Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org