Georgia: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective From: Renewed State of Emergency (Phased Opening)/May 28, 2020

As per the recent updates on May 28, 2020, the Governor Brian Kemp has renewed the state of emergency for the third time.

Prior to these updates on state of emergency, the State of Georgia on April 3, 2020, announced statewide orders of shelter in place. However, residential construction and critical infrastructure-related support were considered as essential and permitted.

All construction related to housing, public works, safety and energy sector projects were exempt from shut down. Initially, the orders were issued at the county and city level, but later it was announced that statewide orders should supersede any local or county orders. To avoid any chances of conflict,  specific guidelines can be confirmed from the local authorities.

Governing Body:State of Georgia Government

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. Since we have worked for years as project management and accounting software service provider, we have used our knowledge to draft a list of Frequently Asked Questions that can be of great help in steering construction projects amidst COVID-19. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

The statewide orders have been issued in regard to CISA Memorandum version 2.0 under which construction has been listed as an essential activity. Though most areas have announced that construction related to housing and critical infrastructure can continue, some have stricter laws than others.

For example, the city of Atlanta has only permitted construction for maintenance, while Savannah has only permitted construction projects that have a valid permit issued according to 1st amended declaration.
Throughout all of Georgia, only the hardware stores were considered essential business.
The government of the state of Georgia, through construction associations in Georgia has released rules and guidelines for the safety of construction workers. These include guidelines related to exposure prevention and keeping workers protected while working at construction site.
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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The Federal and State government, considering the need for retaining cash flow and help small businesses have announced the paycheck protection program in which eligible construction firms could apply. However, for those construction companies that are bearing the loss of income and increased expenses on safety, could take benefit of Federal lending programs like the CARES Act.
To keep construction open during COVID-19, construction companies must ensure that they stick to all the updated data issued by the government as well as construction associations in the state. Construction firms need to have a clear knowledge of risk management as well as safety resources which can help reopen the sites.
Force Majeure is a legal protection for delays on project activities or contract terms. To get the benefit of Force Majeure, the construction company or the contractor are required to demonstrate that project delays were due to natural disaster, pandemic shutdowns, etc.

However, the contractors need to must demonstrate these scheduling delays with a comparison of progress of the project prior to COVID-19 restrictions, which involves data related to resources and activities. Tracking of expenses, resource consumption, and progress requires a robust construction project management and accounting software.

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Since most construction companies in the United States and other parts of the world have limited production due to health and safety reasons, one hurdle for contractors may be advancing current projects. Since the Federal and State governments have announced the phased opening and deemed construction as essential, the construction firms must have safe planning guidelines and revival strategies to restart projects.

Construction companies must define the Critical path to the project. The Critical path of a project will encompass reducing cost overruns and preventing employee termination/layoff while still completing the project on time. However, the inability to define and adhere to a critical path may cause more of a loss to the business. In other words, the contractors and project managers should aim for the more immediate and critical tasks rather than following the overwhelming list of activities that could be worked on at a later date. Using construction accounting and project management software could be a big help in documenting the jobs and scheduling them in advance.