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Hawaii: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

Following the last update made on May 18, 2020, the Office of the Governor has introduced eight supplementary proclamation, in concern to COVID-19 emergency.

Prior to this, the statewide orders on stay at home were implemented, effective till April 30. The announcement from the authorities has called only specific construction as essential.

This includes construction related to emergency support, housing, public works, and electricity or energy works as an exemption.

Since the state is progressing on its way to fight COVID-19, there are many restrictions related to inter-island travel and transpacific travel lifted following the announcements on June 14, 2020, and June 24, 2020. However, a complete access to all the updates announced till day could be found here.

October 2020 Update: Deemed as an essential, construction in Hawaii was continued at a slow pace during the initial period of stay at home. However, the construction firms were requested to follow the OSHA guidelines and other safety rules at site to avoid any spread of the disease. Besides this, the construction workers in Hawaii didn’t had to deal with job loss like any other industry since it was allowed to function during the lockdown.

Governing Body:Governor of the State of the Hawaii

FAQs: Hawaii Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How the state has addressed construction?

The orders of the government have listed construction as essential. The exempt includes building and construction tradesmen and tradeswomen not limiting to plumbing, electricians, painting, heating, HVAC, or other necessary construction services.

How the state has addressed building material and supplies?

The statewide orders have designated that all the business that deals with hardware for construction activities associating electricians, plumbers, HVAC workers, etc. should be considered as an exempt.

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

Yes, the state of Hawaii has released various updates and guidelines in response to retain employee’s good faith and respiratory protection. Apart from these, the guidelines for workplace safety and health could be followed to avoid any spread of illness at the construction site.

How Construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

Keeping construction sites open during COVID-19 requires the contractors to stick with the workplace safety rules such as social distancing, 6-foot rule, use of masks & gloves, hygiene, sanitization, etc. Moreover, a detailed Jobsite policy for Hawaii contractors is also issued that contains guidelines on infection control and Jobsite cleaning.

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