The Auto Care Association (ACA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) on March 26 released a joint letter about their collaborative efforts to provide current information on the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the auto care industry.
Dear brothers and sisters in the auto care industry,
For those of you who travel, you know there is nothing more frustrating than waiting at your gate while your flight is delayed with no information from either the gate attendant or flight crew. It is always welcomed when you are told, “Here is what I know,” regardless of the circumstances.
That situation could not be more true than with our current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus.
Information often changes hourly and the ACA and the AASA are collaborating to provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.
This is also a time for the entire industry to further collaborate for the betterment of us all. We are providing real-time updates through our respective websites but would like to let all of you know that we are working together on your behalf at the local, state and federal levels.
So, what do we know at this point?
The Department of Homeland Security identified our industry as an essential service in its Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response:
“Employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and passengers.”
Suppliers have also been identified by Homeland security as “critical manufacturing.”
While this is good news for the aftermarket, this is a guideline and states may also implement their own definitions of “essential services.”