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.
- Alachua County
- Broward County
- Hillsborough County
- Leon County
- Miami-Dade County
- Orange County
- Osceola County
- Pinellas County
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
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FAQs: Florida Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic
Regardless of the nature of construction site, most of construction sites across the state have remained open.