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Is your job essential?
Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:18 AM

Unless you are retired, is your job essential? Here, all private physio clinics are shut down and physios are out of work. I work in a hospital, so we are and aren't essential. "Aren't", because I work on an elective surgery ward and all elective surgeries have been cancelled. "Are", because we are expecting a significant influx of  patients from other hospitals where corona patients will be placed.So, so far I am keeping my job but Mrs. Castelnuovo's massage clinic is closed.

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:10 AM

I am non essential but almost all of my company can work remotely.

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:27 AM

I am not essential, but if I’m not there, the coffee maker does not get refilled and the trash does not get taken out.  I have lots of work to do for the duration, so no model building!

The mayor and gov asked everyone to stay home until the end of April, with exceptions to go out to buy food, gas, etc.  The essential businesses will be allowed to stay open, like banks, grocery and drug stores, gas stations, take out food establishments, etc.

My sympathies go out to the people who are out of work.  The little guys will get buried unless something is worked out to help them.  It’s getting deep.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:48 AM
I'm a mail carrier. Nothing has changed for me except how we handle items that have to be signed for. Yesterday was a 12 hour day.

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:20 AM
I am presently retired,but my old job is considered essential.I worked for the gas and electric company.We were responsible for keeping the system running and responding to customer emergencies like gas leaks,CO calls,fires,explosions,wires down and such.when the Governor declared state of emergency,they issued us passes for our personal car authorizing us to be on the road driving to work.Unless we produced a doctor's note after,we had to be there on the job.

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:16 AM

Of course it is. I have to pay bills.

 

 

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Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:39 AM
I moved from a considered "essential" retail job to a "non-essential" one several years ago. Local government is supposedly shutting us down today, so, I'm on the clock with my paid pto and vacation to start getting used up. I have 4 weeks, but I'm unsure how long this goes. I may apply at the local grocery stores if they could use some temporary help.
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Posted by Cdn Colin on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:32 AM

It depends when you ask.

I'm an elementary school teacher (grade 4 this year).  Whenever our contracts are up and we talk about job action, many in the public want us declared essential services so we can't strike.  But right now schools are shut down until further notice.  It was originally to be 2 weeks after March Break, but last night the Premier said it will be beyond April 5th.

Fortunately for us up here, it seems to me that the governments at all levels are pulling out the stops to prevent people from going under financially during this crisis.

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:34 AM

I work at a prison in the main stores supplying the prison with cleaning materials and other items. We have been listed by the UK goverment as 'Key Workers' so even with the lockdown that came into force last night we can still go to work.

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Posted by ajlafleche on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:56 AM

I worked 21 years at an institution for people with developmental disabilities. My job title was listed as non-essential while direct care staff and nurses were essential. When the governor decided non-essential staff should not report, management would decide we still had to be there because other job titles were essential. My last 10 years were in an area office, no direct care staff. If there was a bad snow storm, and the governor had not called a snow day by 8 or 9 am, we were expected to show. If we called out before then, we needed a magic phrase, "I'll be in as soon as I can" in order to get the snow day if it was declared later. 

 

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:04 AM

Hmmmm;

 I guess Mine would've decided to be Essential. My in town shops repaired and prepped Ambulances for their daily runs. So we were a Twenty Four Seven Business.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:10 AM

No, but I can't work from home either. So while all the building are empty, a few of us still come in, not much to do but still come in. Pick of parking though.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:28 AM

My job is essential, but I’m not. I am officially retiring from 30+ years of law enforcement today. Thankfully there is no stop loss for us. 

 

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:33 AM

I'm not....but the boss has decided yesterday as long as we have parts we finish what is in the shop.  Plenty of room for the three of us, each has their own bay to work in.

Once the current cars are out then we are shut down, no idea for how long, or how long to ramp back up once the re-boot happens.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:34 AM

stikpusher

My job is essential, but I’m not. I am officially retiring from 30+ years of law enforcement today. Thankfully there is no stop loss for us. 

 

Congratulations,that's great news too bad your day is overshadowed by all of these events.Kind of like retiring on 9/11

Best wishes in all of your endeavors

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:36 AM

My job is non-essential but it's been online for a number of years. My challenge right now is that my clients are getting pounded.

A top-down recovery such as that planned by the White House might actually help that.

That's probably a ten year recovery though, and I'll be retired by then.

My counties economy is about 20% military, 40% agriculture and 40% tourism. Tourism is terminally killed, agriculture is an "essential" business and the military is working from home.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:38 AM

goldhammer

I'm not....but the boss has decided yesterday as long as we have parts we finish what is in the shop.  Plenty of room for the three of us, each has their own bay to work in.

Once the current cars are out then we are shut down, no idea for how long, or how long to ramp back up once the re-boot happens.

 

My truck is in the body shop,our state has shut down a lot of businesses like bars,restsurants,beauty parlors,spa's and the like.So far my shop is still working,hopefully I get it back before its trapped for weeks or months

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:45 AM

No, my job is not essential. I supervise a section of an assembly line where workers put refrigerator doors on fairly expensive refrigerators ($2000-4000 units). Last week, we had almost 7 weeks of inventory on hand. Our normal goal is 4.5 weeks on hand.

Since it is an assembly line, every unit we touch has already been touched by dozens of people up stream from us. Every door we put on has also been assembled and touched by another dozen or so people.

I supervise a dozen people who do stand about 5-6 feet apart, but I often have to jump in to assist someone who has a problem, so there is no "social distancing" in my duties. I also have to interact with the lines that make the right and left hand doors, the team that installs the freezer doors, as well as the people who provide our parts.

If anything, I'm the one who would spread the virus from an infected person to all of the others.

Last week, the company announced a shutdown lasting from 3/23/20 to 4/6/20, but decided to adjust the dates to 3/20/20 to 3/30/20. It does look like our governor might pressure or even order us to remain out longer.

It's odd though; no one is really working anywhere, so who do they think will be buying the appliances we make (other buildings make dishwashers, washing machines and dryers). People are more concerned with buying neccessities and paying the rent.

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Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:04 AM

I don't feel we are but our customers would say different. They want their parts. We supply to the medical, transportation, and military. That said, I guess we are. Fortunately, many of us can work from home.

Congrats Stik!  You are a lucky man..

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:02 AM

Denver has announced that marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores are essential, and will remain open.

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Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:58 AM

Cadet Chuck

Denver has announced that marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores are essential, and will remain open.

 

Now that makes me laugh.  Maybe I can convince TB to stop there with his saucer and we can stock up.

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:07 PM

Well Hank’s Bar bext door to my office finally closed their doors yesterday.  The alcoholic bums will need to go to Walmart for their 7:00 am early bird drink today.  I thought the local liqour laws mandated closing at 4:00 am and not reopening till noon or something like that.  Maybe they do close at 4:00 am, but reopen at 5:00 am.

Meanwhile, the working community continues to buy up all the toilet paper.  I wonder how many packages the hoarders have?  I hope the answer is “waaay too many”, since the stores are instituting a no returns policy for certain items.

I do have a bidet at home, something my late mother insisted we get after we went with her to Japan back in the late 90s.  The Kyoto hotel we were staying at had recently remodeled, and the rooms had them.  It was late November, so the weather was rather on the cool side, so the heated seat and warm water was appreciated.  But my mom being Japanese loved heat, so she always had the seat heat to “hibachi”, and the water temp set to “hot tea”!

But the bidet was one of the best additions to the house!  Some of my friends are still afraid to use it though...

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:42 PM

Thanks Bakster. It feels good to have reached this milestone, no matter what the current situation is.

Cadet Chuck

Denver has announced that marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores are essential, and will remain open.

 

I saw that these had originally been ordered to close, but when word went out, people mobbed these businesses. Somebody rescinded the order double quick. Bars closed, ok. Closing down all sources of alcoholic beverages, not wise.

 

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:46 PM

Cadet Chuck

Denver has announced that marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores are essential, and will remain open.

 

Same here in Oregon.  Other business' can stay open if you can keep the social distance, and have someone detailed to enforce it.

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:30 PM

I'm retired and feel broke now, like most retirees today. However, blessed in other ways. A supporting wife, a house, the essentials, and stuff. Sometimes when things don't turn out quite as planned it can be a blessing, if we look for it.

Where my thoughts are, however, is with the rest of you. I worry about those who have been ordered to stay home, or small business owners whose businesses are 'non-essential'.

I worry about those of you who are essential, whether high risk such as medical or EMT/fire/police or lower risk such as, well, anything. It must be challenging to go to work each day knowing that you are at risk.

And retirees who are watching the news, the imaginary market, and scared to death.

My thoughts are with all of you. Stay well, stay safe.

And best of luck to you, Stik. I'm relieved you got out in one piece. You're a good guy and it's sure not what it used to be out there.

-Greg

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Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:43 PM

stikpusher
t feels good to have reached this milestone, no matter what the current situation is.

I bet it does. Enjoy it. Yes

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:36 PM

Non essential, but we have not shut down but next week we go on reduced hours as business has dropped to to covid19.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:37 PM

Tickmagnet

Of course it is. I have to pay bills.

 

 

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Posted by fox on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:15 PM

My job is very essential. I have to build all the models in my stash so I can order more from all the companies that make them in order to keep them in business. Those of us in this business need all the help that we can get. I'm putting in double shifts almost every day. How about a little help here.

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:41 PM

Retired....

Previously I was an Emergency Management Specialist for the Federal Government and was considered essential. At times partnered with FEMA and the CDC. 

Yes, I am very glad to be retired at this time. 

Congrats stikpusher on your retirement, enjoy it as much as possible... you earned it.

Prayers to everyone for you and your families health and safety

Ben 

 

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