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Connecticut: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

The authorities in Connecticut had taken some serious actions to counter the spread of COVID-19 and this has made a huge impact on businesses. Stay at home orders were made effective from March 23 through May 20, 2020.

Moreover, any non-essential business has been reduced to 100 percent prohibition on the workforce. But still, construction has been an exemption along with other businesses listed essential.

However, following the guidelines dated until May 20, 2020, the phase 1 of reopening has been started as per the orders of Governor Ned Lamont which includes sector rules and certification for various businesses.

On June 17, 2020, the state of Connecticut has entered phase 2 of reopening under which various restrictions on the opening of amusement park, hotel, museum, and libraries etc. have been lifted. This is likely to bring greater opportunities for construction firms and contractors in the state.

October 2020 Update: The State of Connecticut has entered into its third stage of reopening on October 8, 2020, under which permissions on public gatherings at restaurants, private residencies, etc. with amendments made to fines for not following the safety protocols. However, the minimum staffing capacities have been increased which will help construction firms to have a sense of relief resuming projects. However, the state is progressing quickly with the public construction projects under the department of transportation which includes several new developments and repair work.

Governing Body: The Office of Governor Ned Lamont

FAQs: Connecticut Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How Construction is addressed by the authorities?

The Governor of the state has cited the CISA Guidelines addressing the workforce categorized as exempt. Although the initial session was announced to be vague, a new detailed CISA Memorandum has been released.

How building material suppliers are addressed in the order?

Version 2 of CISA Memorandum has been released to define building material and supply chain.

Are there any updates released to define workplace guidelines for employers?

Yes, there has been an update released to define workplace guidelines.

Are there any specific Jobsite Rules/Protocols?

Connecticut looking at the safety of the essential workers community has designed Jobsite safety rules under the guidelines issued by OSHA. These include clauses related to the necessity of safety gear at construction site as well as control measures to avoid contact.

How Construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

With the rapid expansion of COVID-19 cases across the United States, the government of the state of Connecticut has issued guidelines that are essential to follow in order to open construction sites.

These guidelines will ensure site safety and control the spread of workplace illness. Moreover, there have been separate essential safe store rules issued by the authorities to ensure safety at retail stores that provide building material and supplies.

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