An official website of the United States government.

This is not the current EPA website. To navigate to the current EPA website, please go to This website is historical material reflecting the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2021. This website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work. More information »

If a stay at home, shelter in place, or similar order is issued on a state/local/other level that affects the activities performed under a grant (e.g., the order prohibits travel required to perform monitoring or inspection activities), does that prohibit those activities from being performed under the EPA grant?

Whether activities to be performed under a grant can be exempt from state/local/other restrictions affecting those activities is dependent upon the statutory authority governing the program. Other critical factors should also be considered including whether an activity is deemed mission critical or essential work that must be performed, and the health and safety of the public, staff of State and Local Governments, Tribes, and other recipient organizations. For example, an environmental inspection may be needed to address or prevent an acute or imminent threat to public health and the environment and thus such work would be considered essential. Questions on this subject should be directed to the Project Officer for the EPA grant. 

Return to Frequent Questions about Grants and Coronavirus (COVID-19).