Maine: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective From: State of Emergency with Lifted Restrictions/May 13, 2020

Maine had released an exemption for the construction industry and categorized it as an essential business. The state authorities have announced a statewide business closure order effective from March 25, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

Apart from this, a stay at home order was also announced after the exclusive release of orders by Portland previously.

On May 13, 2020, Governor Mills has extended the state of emergency until June 11. However, multiple orders on gradual easing of restrictions are also being issued from time to time.

Governing Body:Office of Governor Janet T. Mills

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. We have used our knowledge as a microsoft construction software provider to design a list of Frequently Asked Questions which can help to sustain business as well as resist any chances of contagion during construction. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

Though the recent orders issued by the authorities have no specific information regarding construction, the past orders had a provision listing construction for infrastructure and maintenance as essential.

However, the orders issued by the Portland authorities stated that any construction project which was in process prior to COVID-19 restrictions should be permitted to continue, but are mandated to follow social distancing guidelines. Moreover, plumbers, electricians, sanitation, and safety were all deemed to be essential services.
The recent statewide orders have no specific information related to building material supplies; previous had stated that most orders most orders and contract business were limited.

Moreover, there are guidelines to limit the number of people permitted in a store based upon size. The orders from Portland categorized hardware and building material suppliers and stores to be essential.
The government of the state of Maine has considered the suspension of construction to be economic loss. However, to continue construction, it is necessary that contractors and construction firms understand the industry best practices to avoid the spread of illness.
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.

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No, there are no specific Jobsite rules or protocols; the responsibility lies on the construction company or contractor’s end to follow the safety guidelines that can prevent the spread of infection between workers.
The loss of liquidity, delay in supplies, and expenses on the safety and sanitization are all bringing huge costs to the contractors. Considering the need to protect the workers against liabilities, the State and Federal government have released various lending programs such as Paycheck Protection Program and CARES Act, under which contractors can get reimbursements on their loss.
All the project data for construction projects could be managed using construction project management accounting software. This data can further be used to justify the provisions of Force Majeure and seek relaxation from any liabilities caused due to delay of projects and get an extension on funds and time.

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