Hawaii: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective From: Eight Supplementary Proclamations/May 18, 2020

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 categorized specific construction as essential, which includes construction related to emergency support, housing, public works, and electricity or energy.

Governing Body:Governor of the State of the Hawaii

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. ProjectPro is accounting software for subcontractors that has used its vast industry experience to develop a list of Frequently Asked Questions that can help contractors in dealing with COVID-19. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of 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.
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.
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.
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. If you would like to know more about how ProjectPro could help you reduce losses due to project interruptions during COVID-19, Schedule a demo today!
To keep up with the Cash Flow, the government of the state of Hawaii has considered various laws and reforms. At first, the government announced that contractors can provide sick leave or medical leave to workers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights.
Also, a comprehensive analysis of Coronavirus aid, relief, and security Act (CARES Act) has been made to ensure that construction companies are compensated against the expenses incurred for retaining the workforces and safety at the site. Moreover, the contractors and construction companies could also check their eligibility for the Payment Protection Program and utilize financial aid to sustain their business.
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.
In order to benefit from Force Majeure protections, activity data regarding resources, financials and project status should be tracked using a robust construction accounting software and submitted to the governing officials to demonstrate project delays and incurred expenses were due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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