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Louisiana: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

Brought to effect on March 23, a statewide stay at home order has been issued until April 30, 2020. Under this, people who are working for essential services are permitted to leave their home for employment. However, construction activity related to health, safety, housing, COVID-19 relief are exempt.​

As per the most recent updates on executive orders released by Governor Edwards, it has been made a mandate to wear masks with continuous spread of COVID-19 in the state on July 11, 2020.

October 2020 Update: The already pandemic affected state has been stuck even harder with the coming of hurricane delta. Since construction is deemed as an essential, the state will be looking forward to rebuild the infrastructure and open public projects. However, for both public and private projects, it is essential to stick with safety guidelines at site to avoid any spread of COVID-19.

FAQs: Louisiana Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction activities are addressed in the state orders?

Citing the CISA guidelines, the orders of the governor has listed essential infrastructure to be exempt.To know more, read the list of activities that fall under the essentials called by the authorities.

How building materials are addressed?

Hardware stores are considered to be an essential business. The critical workforce which has been cited on the guidelines of CISA includes, “workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood products.”

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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