International Sign Association

ISA Lobbying Legislators for Sign Shops to be Considered ‘Essential’ Businesses


The Alexandria, Virginia-based International Sign Association, a nonprofit trade organization, is working with states and the federal government to make sure that the sign, graphics and visual communications industry is considered an “essential business” that must remain open to continue to serve vital infrastructure, manufacturing and retail services throughout the United States.

As of this writing, on March 24, 14 states have enacted closures that shutdown “non-essential” businesses. Also, certain municipalities, including Broward County, Florida, Dallas County, Texas, and St. Louis County, Missouri, have also mandated the closing of “non-essential” businesses.

It is likely that more states and localities will continue to impose business closures in the days and weeks to come.

The ISA has created a comprehensive web portal to aid businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, and it has added an “Essential Business” section to that site. That section also has a list of suppliers and distributors that are open and ready to assist you. To view the Essential Business section of the ISA’s business continuity portal click here.

The business continuity section of the website contains valuable information for sign and graphics professional that covers a variety of topics, including how to seek state and federal assistance, HR issues that may arise and tips for keeping your employees working. To access the web portal click here.

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