ICBA offers a template letter for community bank employees affirming that they are essential workers according to guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The template and guidance are available on ICBA's Crisis Response and Preparedness Center under "Essential Business Management Resources."
With some community bankers being stopped by law enforcement as they attempt to go to work, ICBA encourages community bankers to fill out and distribute the template letter to staff to keep with them along with the guidance.
As advocated by ICBA, the agency last week issued updated guidance expanding its definition of "essential critical infrastructure workers" that should continue normal operations during the coronavirus pandemic. The updated definition now includes financial services workers needed to provide business and commercial access, verify financial transactions and services, and more.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week issued a memorandum encouraging state and local governments to follow CISA's guidance, while the FDIC and OCC have issued bulletins citing the guidance.