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.
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