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News organizations are essential businesses, especially in times of crisis. Below are links to executive orders specifically listing news as essential, as well as joint letters reminding governors to specify news employees as exempt if they place restrictions in their respective states.

MA COVID-19 Essential Services Full List

Letter for Massachusetts news organization employees (essential personnel)

CT Executive Order 7H – Restrictions on Workplaces for Non-Essential Business

Letter to Governor of Maine from NENPA, New England First Amendment Coalition, Maine Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists – New England

Letter to Governor of New Hampshire from NENPA, New England First Amendment Coalition, The Keene SentinelNackey S. Loeb School of Communication and Society of Professional Journalists – New England

Letter to Governor of Rhode Island from NENPA, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists – New England

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press – Press freedom and government transparency during COVID-19

DHS Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce