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Florida: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

The previous executive orders have defined the need for phased reopening on May 14, 2020. However, the recent executive orders numbered 20-166 issued on July 7, 2020 contain the Governor’s orders on extending the state of emergency for another 60 days.

With the orders of Governor Ron DeSantis, travel restrictions have been declared across the state. However, all construction sites deemed essential are  required to comply with strict safety guidelines. The order will be in effect until April 30, 2020.

Previously, the “Safer at home” orders were released for the areas of South Florida. Nevertheless, the state and county orders must be confirmed and verified before considering any local guidelines.

However, beginning from May 1, 2020, the state has started moving towards the reopening lifting restrictions over various processes and business.

October 2020 Update: Though spread of COVID-19 has turned to be a situation of loss and threat, Governor DeSantis said lockdown situations helped them save 650 days of construction. According to Florida Department of Transportation, 50 road projects were sped up due to lighter traffic. Also, the state is expecting to progress towards next level of reopening where public places like bars and night clubs will be allowed to operate.

Governing Body: ​Ron DeSantis 46th Governor of Florida

FAQs: Florida Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How is construction being addressed in the orders?

All the orders released in the state of Florida are in reference to CISA memorandum version 2.0. This has deemed construction as essential and has defined provisions for employees the in the housing development industry.

Regardless of the nature of construction site, most of construction sites across the state have remained open.

How are building material & supplies addressed?

For most of the state (counties and cities), construction considered to be essential, therefore, all the hardware and suppliers of building material are exempt from the shutdown.

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

No, there are no specific guidelines issued in consideration of construction industry. However, for retaining health and safety at sites, OSHA construction guidelines can be followed.

Are there any specific Jobsite Rules/Protocols?

Yes, construction and contractors associations in Florida have expressed the need for safety guidelines at the site.

How Construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

To keep construction sites open amid COVID-19, construction companies are required to establish health and safety guidelines. This may or may not involve screening of the workers at the entry point , practicing social distancing guidelines at the site and use of safety equipment (Gloves, masks, sanitizers, etc.).

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