California: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Restricted
Orders/Effective From: Phase 3 Reopening Orders/June 5, 2020

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.

Governing Body:City of Santa Monica Building and Safety Division

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. Here we have a list of Frequently Asked Questions which our expert from ProjectPro, construction project schedule software, has developed to help construction firms proceed business forward with extreme care. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

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.
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.
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.
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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Keeping up with Cash Flow amid COVID-19 has turned to be a struggle for construction firms across the United States. However, there are various relief funds and reforms which may help construction firms recover losses due to delays. Depending on the current situation, it is likely that further provisions could be established at state and federal levels to counter the loss. Information related to cash flow reforms can be access it here.
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.
Force Majeure protections are sometimes provided in contract provisions. This provision provides relief of certain liabilities incurred in the execution of the contract when performance of the representations and warranties of each party is prevented by unforeseen circumstances – natural disasters, pandemic shutdowns, etc.

Force Majeure are often triggered by the following: (1) stop-work orders issued by Government authorities; or (2) unforeseeable circumstances that prevent performance of the contract.

The force majeure provisions can be implemented to a contract under two conditions, either the stop-work orders are issued by the Government caused the delay or it is due to any clause that justifies acts of god or natural calamity like an epidemic that made the circumstances insufficient to carry the work.

Additional information can be obtained at the official portal of Contractors State License Board, California.

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