Illinois: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective From: Stay at Home till May 30, 2020/Restore Plan from May 5, 2020

​​The state authorities announced an immediate stay at home order on April 7 and was effective until April 30, 2020. However, the recent 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.

Governing Body:Government of State of Illinois

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. During these times of emergency, being a solution provider on schedule software for construction, ProjectPro brings you the list of frequently asked questions that can help sustain and navigate construction business amid crises. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of 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.
The hardware stores, as well as stores that supply material related to plumbing, heating, and electrical work, were all deemed essential.
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.
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.
Yes, data related to contracts, expenses, estimated delivery, job schedules, etc. would track project progress and interruption in order to reduce project losses due to COVID-19 restrictions. This is a straightforward task for construction firms who have a robust project management and accounting software in place.

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To maintain the cash flow and cope with the loss of liquidity, construction companies could align with the Federal reforms such as the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program. However, to help construction employees file claims, construction associations, such as AGC, has already formulated a worker’s compensation fact sheet.
Force Majeure protections are sometimes provided in contract provisions. This provision provides relief of certain liabilities incurred in the execution of the contract when performance of the representations and warranties of each party is prevented by unforeseen circumstances – natural disasters, pandemic shutdowns, etc.

To qualify, construction companies are required to submit data that can demonstrate that project was continuing on the scheduled timeline until COVID-19 restrictions were put in place. A robust project management accounting software could provide a big advantage for construction firms who need to apply for reimbursements on additional expenses due to COVID-19.

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