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Kentucky: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

A statewide healthy at home order was brought into effect on March 26, 2020. The authorities have announced that these orders will likely stay in effect until any updates or notices regarding the suspension is issued.

Moreover, any construction activity will remain suspended which does not imply with CISA guidelines regarding residential, commercial, and government buildings.

Over the time, the numbers of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky have been found to grow at a very large rate. For this reason, the Government has shown a need for counter actions to get over the situation while new orders were announced by Governor Beshear on July 20, 2020.

October 2020 Update: Government of Kentucky proceeding towards the state of reopening has made construction firms to stick with healthy at work guidelines. However, to revive the infrastructure and economy the government is looking forward to start with repair and maintenance of the state roads.

Governing Body:Office of Governor of Kentucky

FAQs: Kentucky Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is being addressed in the orders?

The orders represent a clear exempt on the critical infrastructure which only restricts construction for the industrial sector. However, all the working construction that is related to federal critical infrastructure could be continued.

How building materials have been addressed in the order?

With so many restrictions released to the non-essential businesses, building material stores have been listed to be a part of essential services.

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

The contractors need to follow the COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness, and Response plan to keep the workers healthy at the site. Apart from this, the OSHA guidelines for preparing worksite could be followed at the site to mitigate the chance of illness.

Are there any specific Jobsite Rules/Protocols?

No updates have been released about any specific Jobsite protocols. However, construction firms depending on the size of the unit, are still advised to opt for safety measures and precautions such as screening workers, sanitizing sites, 6-foot rule, etc.

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