Arizona: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective From: Stay Home Stay Healthy Stay Connected with Phased Opening/May 4, 2020

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.

Governing Body:Office of the Governor Doug Ducey

Questions about Construction during COVID-19?

Though COVID-19 has severely affected the United States, bringing a lot of restrictions and orders on continuing construction, the most significant information people seek is all about the status of construction in different states.During these times of emergency, being a solution provider on schedule software for construction, ProjectPro brings you the list of frequently asked questions that can help sustain and navigate construction business amid crises. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

Even though the effects of COVID-19 are visible across the state of Arizona, Governor Ducey has released orders in which construction has been listed as an essential business.

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.
The orders passed by the Governor of Arizona have stated building material and hardware supply as an essential. The suppliers who are dealing with construction material, plumbing service, heating, or electrical are permitted too continue to do business.
As per the orders of the Government, all construction sites which are deemed to be essential must ensure that sites are prepared well for the safety of workers. This should include a six-foot social distancing rule at the site, sanitation facilities, safety equipment, and gear, maintaining distance during lunch breaks, and preventing any sources of contact between the staff. Apart from this, employers must adhere to CDC guidelines issued in the interest of employers.
Yes, tracking data related to contracts, expenses, estimated delivery, job schedules, etc. would demonstrate project progress and interruptions due to COVID-19 restrictions, and in turn, help reduce project losses. This is a straightforward task for construction firms who have a robust project management and accounting software in place.

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In order to safeguard cash flow, contractors should have robust construction project management software in place to accurately demonstrate losses due to COVID-19 restrictions. This will allow the businesses to submit the required data in order to file for insurance claims or apply for support from government reforms.

Institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund or IMF will be lending financial support to the countries which opens scope for funding to construction industry in the United States.
The State of Arizona has deemed construction as an essential service. But still, aligning with the safety guidelines and construction site preparation rules will be a mandate for all contractors to prepare the site. This will ensure the safety of the workers and to avoid spread of illness.
The Force Majeure provisions are possible under the FAR or Federal Acquisition Regulation. The contractors must demonstrate different provisions of FAR to get an exempt/excuse from any liabilities or to obtain extension in the contract schedule depending on past performance. The performance data includes costs, resources, project progress, and many other factors which can justify that delays were due to emergencies, such as a pandemic. Therefore, construction firms should have an advanced project management construction software to have complete records of such data.
Yes, COVID-19 restrictions have encouraged, and in many cases, enforced remote working. A memo issued from the White House has supported Telework for US military contracting officers working on public contracts for the government.

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