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ISSA’s Barrett Encouraged by COVID-19 Conference Call with President

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WASHINGTON – ISSA Executive Director John Barrett was part of a conference call Wednesday with the President, in which the administration discussed the lifting of federal restrictions on the trucking industry to allow maximum efficiency throughout the distribution network.

Further, they discussed how continued cooperation and coordination between the private sector and all levels of government is essential to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

“Yesterday, I had the distinct honor to represent ISSA on a White House Communications Call
with President Donald Trump, who called upon executives from industrial supply retailers and
wholesalers regarding the national response to COVID-19,” said Barrett in a statement to ISSA members.

“The President thanked us for providing the goods Americans rely on every day and expressed his gratitude to the incredible employees who are working tirelessly to that end.”

Barrett said he was “encouraged by the call, and I am so pleased that our industry is viewed as essential first responders in this time of need. I commend you for your efforts to flatten the curve in your respective businesses and encourage you to continue to meet the needs of those you serve however you can.

“In addition, ISSA has taken the lead on providing information, tools, and resources to help our
industry respond to the pandemic and underscore how cleaning can reduce its risk to human
health. I encourage you to visit our free online resource, Coronavirus: Prevention and Control
for the Cleaning Industry, which includes guidance, news, webinars, and practical tip sheets on
PPE, risk assessment, and disinfection from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a
Division of ISSA.

“We are also working to bring you topical training and education via virtual channels, especially
as we have had to make the difficult decision to reschedule, postpone, and cancel live events
over the next eight weeks. Please stay tuned for additional details, although in the meantime,
you can find an updated listing of ISSA events at www.issa.com/events.

“On behalf of the ISSA Board of Directors and staff, I thank you for your leadership, support,
and partnership. One of my favorite sayings is that difficult times don’t build character—they
reveal it—and the ISSA family has certainly shown the depth of yours.

“Please know that we are here to help, and I encourage you to contact us for support at any time. Together, we truly are Changing the Way the World Views Cleaning when it matters most. As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together as an industry, it is my duty to keep you informed about how your association, ISSA, is working to serve you and leveraging our collective voice for the cleaning industry in these challenging times.”

For more information, go to www.issa.com.






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