COVID-19 Updates for Our Employees and Customers

ITS ConGlobal (ITSC) Continues Operations Nationwide

March 23, 2020 (posted 2:00 pm, pst)

In the past week, multiple cities and counties across the country, as well as five states, have issued “Shelter-in-place” Orders instructing people to leave home only for essential needs.  These Public Health Orders are part of a larger effort to halt the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.  Under these broad reaching Public Health Orders, people are required to stay home except for essential needs, and everyone should stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.

According to the guidance provided by the earlier “Shelter-in-place” Orders, an “Essential Businesses” may stay open and their employees may leave home to go to work.  The guidance identifies “Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate” as an “Essential Business.”

Further guidance had been provided by the United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) in its March 16, 2020 Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response.  In that memorandum, DHS stated that “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security . . . you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”  Specifically, DHS considers the Transportation and Logistics industry to be a critical infrastructure industry.

ITS ConGlobal (ITSC) provides intermodal, depot, and automotive operations and labor support for critical components of the supply chain that provides goods, including food, medicine and supplies, to the healthcare industry and to the general public.  As such, using the guidance provided by recently enacted “Shelter-in-place” orders and the DHS, ITSC employees should continue to go to work nationwide while “Shelter-in-place” Orders are in effect, so long as they have no symptoms and follow appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocol. 

The ITSC team will continue to keep you informed and updated as conditions and the operating environment change.


March 23, 2020

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently announced that he was instituting a “Shelter-in-place” Order for the entire state of Illinois. The Governor’s Order follows form with the Public Health Orders recently enacted by other states, in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19. Under this broad reaching Public Health Order, people are required to stay home except for essential needs starting at 5:00 pm Saturday March 21, 2020 and will remain in effect until April 7, 2020. Under the order, everyone should stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.

ITS ConGlobal’s (ITSC) intermodal, depot, and automotive operations and services fall within the definition of an “essential business” for Illinois. As such, ITSC employees should continue to go to work while this “Shelter-in-place” Order is in effect, so long as they have no symptoms and follow appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocol.

The ITSC team will continue to keep you informed and updated as conditions and the operating environment change.


March 21, 2020

As of 6:00 pm CT on March 20, 2020, the City of New Orleans issued further guidance as to the March 16, 2020 Order closing certain businesses due to the present COVID-19 epidemic. In the new Order, the Mayor of New Orleans clarified that the March 16, 2020 Order was a “Shelter-in-place” Order and intended to limit movement in New Orleans to essential needs and essential business.

ITS ConGlobal’s (ITSC) intermodal, depot, and automotive operations and services fall within the definition of an “essential business” for New Orleans. As such, ITSC employees should continue to go to work while this “Shelter-in-place” Order is in effect, so long as they have no symptoms and follow appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocol.

The ITSC team will continue to keep you informed and updated as conditions and the operating environment change.


March 19, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that he was instituting a “Shelter-in-place” Order for the entire state of California.  The Governor’s Order follows form with the Public Health Order recently enacted earlier this week by seven Bay Area Counties in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19.  Under this broad reaching Public Health Order, people are required to stay home except for essential needs starting at Thursday March 19, 2020 and will remain in effect for an indefinite period of time.  Under the order, everyone should stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.

ITSC, for its existing intermodal, depot, and automotive provided services, falls within the definition of an “essential business” for California.  As such, ITSC employees should continue to go to work while this “Shelter-in-place” Order is in effect, so long as they have no symptoms and follow appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocol.


In response to the ongoing coronavirus situation, ITS ConGlobal (ITSC) has put the following preventive measures in place:

  1. Issued guidance, based on CDC recommendations, to employees regarding best practices to prevent transmission of the virus, as follows;
    • Social distancing; avoid groupings in locker and break rooms, during pre-shift briefings, and around timeclocks; maintain spacing at work as best possible.
    • Vigorous housekeeping with disinfectants on a regular basis.
    • Enhanced regimens for personal care and hygiene, and ensuring that adequate supplies are on hand at all terminals.
    • Distributing the most up-to-date information from CDC to ensure employees are educated about the risks.
  2. Limit facility access to essential personnel only, especially in confined spaces (i.e. visitors).
  3. Eliminated all nonessential travel.
  4. Provided employees with tools for health assessment (through ITSC’s Benefits provider) and reporting of illnesses.
  5. Daily meetings with the Executive Leadership Team to assess situation by region and business unit, and to develop attendant action plans.

In Northern California specifically, you may be aware of the recent “Shelter-in-place” Order entered by San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.  Under this broad-reaching Public Health Order, people are required to stay home except for essential needs starting at 12:01 am Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  Under the order, everyone should stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.

ITSC, for its existing intermodal, depot, and automotive provided services, falls within the definition of an “essential business” for the aforementioned counties.  As such, ITSC employees should continue to go to work while this “Shelter-in-place” Order is in effect, so long as they are not showing any symptoms.

We are also working on refining our facility business continuity plans, and providing the tools for remote access and communication for non-production employees.

We are following the situation with COVID-19 and evolving our actions to follow the guidelines for businesses and employers set forth by the CDC.   We are committed to slowing the spread of the virus for the benefit of the community and the business, while providing the best possible service to our valued clients.

We will keep you informed as any changes occur.