Alaska: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

With the sudden rise of infection in the United States, the state authorities on April 4, 2020, had an immediate take on the situation in Alaska. Initially, it was announced that all construction except the critical infrastructure will be discontinued along with a Statewide Stay at Home Order in effect.

However, the critical infrastructure activities included housing work, public works construction, water supply, and activities associated with electrical, gas operations, and sewer.

But the updated information as on April 14, 2020, deemed construction as an essential activity. After that, the recent orders on phased opening have been introduced by the Governor Dunleavy effective from May 22, 2020.

Besides this, the most recent executive order released as a health mandate on June 6, 2020 has many amendments and updates on travel, health, and safety. Though there are no hard rules on wearing masks, practicing distancing, reducing gatherings, and running tests for mild symptoms, etc.

Governing Body: Statewide Stay at Home Order

FAQs: Alaska Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

The orders issued by the authorities have specifically marked commercial construction or Public works construction as essential. However, it will be necessary to comply with all the rules and guidelines related to safety and cleaning at the site.

However, the statewide orders have also confirmed that residential construction can be considered as an essential infrastructure activity.

Apart from this, the safety guidelines have also provisioned that employees or workers who need to travel across or within the state need to submit a safety protocol as a matter of public concern.
Anchorage orders have been issued for the hardware stores which states that businesses that are permitted to open must align with the safety guidelines and social distancing rules.
Though no specific job site rules or protocols are issued by the Government, construction firms need to have strategies in place to keep the workers protected. For small builders or contractors, there are certain common safe working guidelinesthat can be followed. Moreover, the builder’s risk guidelines could be followed to plan a better counter-strategy against COVID-19 while continuing work at the job site.
The State of Alaska has deemed construction to be an essential service. However, a major focus needs to be kept on the safety checks and health guidelines. For instance, large construction sites can plan for screening stations at the sites while working on social distancing practices and sanitation.

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