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Illinois: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

​​The state authorities announced an immediate stay at home order which came into effect on April 7 and was effective till April 30, 2020. However, the another update by the authorities has extended the same until May 30, 2020.

Though the orders have mandated all the citizens to stay at home, the construction has been deemed essential. However, amidst the crises, the Office of the Governor had already started with restore plan for Illinois effective from May 5, 2020.

On June 26, 2020, Governor Pritzker has announced another disaster proclamation containing advisory and guidelines to control the extraordinary sickness and loss of lives.

October 2020 Update: Governor Pritzker along with Illinois department of transportation has announced massive public construction opportunities for next six years. The first part of plan has a budget of around $45 billion while the annual plan is expected to be twice as big the capital plan of road improvements for state highways and county roads.

Governing Body:Government of State of Illinois

FAQs: Illinois Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How has the government addressed construction?

The orders from the authorities have designated construction to be essential which includes activities related to housing infrastructure and commercial construction.

However, the updates announced on April 23, 2020, make it necessary for employers to provide face masks and practice social distancing at sites.

How the government has addressed building material?

The hardware stores, as well as stores that supply material related to plumbing, heating, and electrical work, were all deemed essential.

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

Considering the need for safety of the workers and other employees, the government of Illinois has issued a detailed list of guidelines that employers need to follow at their organization while running their business.

Are there any specific Jobsite Rules/Protocols?

Though there are no specific Jobsite rules or protocols issued by the government, it is a mandate for all construction companies to align with the Federal orders or guidelines. The contractors or construction companies should prepare their workplace as per the Guidance of OSHA on preparing worksites.

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