Arizona: The Official Stance for Construction
Construction Status: Essential
The authorities in Arizona had a very strict take on the COVID-19. For this reason, a shelter-in-place order was brought into effect on March 31, 2020.
Also, the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order were extended till April 30 as per the orders of the Governor of Arizona, although many businesses were listed essential and exempted from the order, including construction.
However, following the agenda of phased opening in the state, the recent executive orders from May 4 have lifted restrictions on restaurants, cosmetologists, and barber shops providing a greater sense of relief but still under the practice of social distancing rules.
Even though construction has been an exemption till date, considering the rising number of cases in the state, Governor Ducey in his recent executive order on June 29, 2020 has announced several restrictions on public gatherings and operations to control the spread.
October 2020 Update: As Phoenix is a town that is mostly build on real estate, the great recession caused by COVID-19 is finally slowing down with resuming of construction projects. Beside this, construction in the direction of industrial expansion has begun to improve.
Governing Body: Office of the Governor Doug Ducey
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FAQs: Arizona Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic
The exemption in response to COVID-19 is not exclusive to construction, as it is also includes healthcare facilities, housing, long term care facilities, and housing or other essential infrastructure.
The exemption also includes services which are necessary for construction and building such as electricians, plumbers, safety, sanitation, etc. which are all permitted to function.