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Delaware: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

Considering the emergency, immediate orders were released by the authorities back on March 13. Till then, 9 amendments have been made with all having construction as an exemption. The March release contained shelter in place order until May 15 until the situation gets into control.

Effective March 23, the authorities also released the orders to close all non-essential businesses. However, all construction employees, infrastructure development and critical maintenance, were given exemption and were considered essential.

Industry List of Essential Business and Services

However, the recent orders from Governor Carney have announced beginning of the phased reopening which will start from June 1, 2020.

Also, looking at the present situation of COVID-19 cases in the state, the third phase of reopening has been delayed by the Governor John Carney on June 25, 2020 with the agenda to have better control on the disease. This may likely to hinder the construction firms or projects while continuing the projects.

October 2020 Update: The State of Delaware is quickly proceeding towards reopening. Since the construction business was already listed to be an essential activity, the state is quickly progressing towards public projects mainly aiming at highways and bridges as reported by Delaware Department of Transportation.

Governing Body: Office of the Governor JOHN CARNEY

FAQs: Delaware Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How Construction is addressed in the order?

The orders have stated construction, both residential and commercial to be essential along with any special trade contractors who work on structures and foundation.

How building materials are addressed in the order?

The updated orders of the state authorities have listed building material and supplies as an essential business and are permitted to stay open.

Are there any specific Jobsite Rules/Protocols?

The government of the state of Delaware has announced various recovery plan and safety guidelines which can be followed to ensure a safe working environment at construction sites. These include guidelines related to exposure prevention and preparedness at the Jobsite to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

How Construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

With construction deemed essential in Delaware, the construction sites have remained open. However, it is mandated that construction companies abide by the various COVID-19 Recommended Best Practices for Construction Jobsites. Moreover, there have been specific Jobsite safety provisions created to outline the responsibilities of the site authorities, such as managers, supervisors, and employers.

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