Florida: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective From: Safer at Home with Phased Reopening/May 1, 2020 (Phased Opening)

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.

Governing Body:Ron DeSantis 46th Governor of Florida

Questions about Construction during COVID-19?

Though COVID-19 has severely affected the United States, bringing a lot of restrictions and orders on continuing construction, the most significant information people seek is all about the status of construction in different states. We have used our knowledge as a microsoft construction software provider to design a list of Frequently Asked Questions which can help to sustain business as well as resist any chances of contagion during construction. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

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.
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.
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.
Yes, construction and contractors associations in Florida have expressed the need for safety guidelines at the site. For any guidance related to worksite safety, access here.
Yes, tracking data related to contracts, expenses, estimated delivery, job schedules, etc. would demonstrate project progress and interruptions due to COVID-19 restrictions, and in turn, help reduce project losses. This is a straightforward task for construction firms who have a robust project management and accounting software in place.

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There are no specific guidelines issued by the Florida government to account for the loss of liquidity and retaining cash flow for construction companies. However, under the Federal lending programs like Paycheck Protection Program and CARES Act, construction firms could seek financial aid from the government. This requires the contractors and construction companies to submit reports and data related to project activities that can demonstrate losses and expenditures due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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.).
Using a robust construction project management accounting software would assist in managing resource and activity data. Examples of this data might include: actual versus estimated working hours, payroll, taxes, cost increases, change orders, billings and inventory along with data that would demonstrate project on time schedules prior to COVID-19 restrictions. This data can be submitted when applying for Force Majeure benefits.

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