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California: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

With the rising number of COVID-19 infections in California, Governor Newsom immediately took action and issued stay at home orders. The executive order N-33-20 was issued in accordance with state health directives to follow stay home orders with exemptions to essential infrastructure services.

However, the county orders issued in the San Francisco region along with Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Marin counties have restricted construction completely.

Apart from this, the Monterey County reissued changes and limited construction projects to only those which require maintenance, essential facilities, shelters, and necessary construction.

However, strict reinforcement orders for construction projects have been issued by the authorities of the city of Santa Monica. Also, considering the need for reopening in the state, the Governor of California has also introduced various steps and practices to combat COVID-19 during June, 2020.

As per the most recent information that came from the office of Governor Newsom, the updated executive order on June 15, 2020 tends to lift many restrictions related to day to day operations which could be a positive sign for the small contractors.

October 2020 Update: Though the state of California is still struggling to keep things under control, the state is progressing towards better economic conditions by resuming all the non-essential construction projects. For instance, giants like Mighty Buildings have announced $30 million funding for home building projects while a two tower hotel plan named Angels Landing is also expected to add value to the construction industry in the state.

Governing Body:City of Santa Monica Building and Safety Division

FAQs: California Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is being addressed?

The authorities have released orders across the state which have permitted all construction-related activities as essential. The orders also include housing construction as an exemption.

The orders issued in the San Francisco region have imposed severe limitations on construction work. Only projects that support the vulnerable population, affordable housing plans, safety, sanitation, or health are permitted.

How have the building material suppliers been addressed in the order?

The statewide orders have limited the buying/selling of building material supplies for the essential workforce and/or essential activities only. However, San Francisco orders have deemed that only Hardware Stores are classified as essential.

Are there any specific Jobsite Rules/Protocols?

The Government of the State of California has considered the immediate need for Jobsite safety and therefore, has designed Jobsite rules for construction firms which are permitted to function. These protocols were designed in adherence to the workplace guidelines issued by OSHA.

How Construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

The opening of construction sites is a significant aspect of construction in California. The government of the state of California has created statewide industry guidance that can help various industries, including construction to work safely.<

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