Best Practices for Stay-at-Home Orders

Posted By: Meghan Elder MAA Announcements ,

Mississippi Executive Order 1466  requires stay-at-home for all non-essential persons. Essential workers for an Essential Business are allowed to work under certain circumstances, which include limiting the number of persons in a public gathering and adherence to CDC and MS Department of Health recommendations.


Under the Mississippi Order law enforcement personnel have the authority to enforce the order.


NAA guidance interprets a federal Homeland Security memorandum (often referred to as the CISA Memo) and identifies the following as essential workers:


  • Workers responsible for the leasing of residential properties to provide individuals and families with ready access to available housing.
  • Workers responsible for handling property management, maintenance, and related service calls who can coordinate the response to emergency “at-home” situations requiring immediate attention, as well as facilitate the reception of deliveries, mail, and other necessary services.
  • Workers performing housing construction related activities to ensure additional units can be made available to combat the nation’s existing housing supply shortage.
  • Workers supporting the construction of housing, including those supporting government functions related to the building and development process, such as inspections, permitting and plan review services that can be modified to protect the public health, but fundamentally should continue and serve the construction of housing (e.g., allow qualified private third-party inspections in case of government shutdown).


The Mississippi Order (by adopting definitions in Executive Order 1463) recognizes as essential all workers cited in the same CISA Memo interpreted by NAA.  As a result, the NAA guidance identifying essential apartment personnel still applies.  The Jackson stay-at-home order likewise adopts the same CISA memo.  However, each member should evaluate all potentially applicable state and local orders to confirm their employees remain essential and/or whether they must limit the work of their employees to comply with the terms of these orders.  For example, the terms of a given order may require that an apartment staff their complex with the least number of people necessary to provide essential services.


A company travel letter for each employee is a best practice; letters will need to be tailored to individual jurisdictions. Letters should be on company letterhead, reference applicable state and local orders, and should include employee’s name, reason for traveling, essential services being provided, business location the employee is traveling to or from, a corporate person to contact for any concerns, and any other item required by state or local order.