Maryland: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective From: Updated State of Emergency/June 3, 2020

The Maryland state authority has issued the stay at home orders effective from March 30 until the state of emergency is called off. However, construction has been deemed an essential business. But still, there are certain projects which have been stalled while others continue.​

Considering the need for health improvement while reviving the economy, Governor Larry Hogan has released an updated State of Emergency on June 3, 2020. However, there are various other orders and updates related to businesses and services which have been closed or amended.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Larry Hogan

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. Since we have worked for years as project management and accounting software service provider, we have used our knowledge to draft a list of Frequently Asked Questions that can be of great help in steering construction projects amidst COVID-19. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

The commercial and residential construction is permitted and exempt from the business suspension orders of the authorities.
The business which deals with building material and supplies are exempt. This includes the business which supplies material for big-box homes, plumbing, electrical material, and HVAC distributors.
Considering the need for safety at construction sites, the Maryland Department of Health following the guidelines of OSHA and CDC have developed their own set of workplace guidelines which contractors must follow.
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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Yes, the government of the state of Maryland has issued certain Jobsite rules and protocols which construction sites need must adhere to. These include various provisions for keeping the site safe, clean, and secure from the exposure of COVID-19.
To keep up with the cash flow, it is necessary for construction companies and contractors to track all the expenses they make on payroll, establishing safety, and delayed supplies, etc. This data can be used to submit claims through reforms like Paycheck Protection Program and CARES Act.
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.

Force Majeure are often triggered by the following: (1) stop-work orders issued by Government authorities; or (2) unforeseeable circumstances that prevent performance of the contract.

Construction companies may seek an extension on the projects and/or recover any losses due to COVID-19 delays under Force Majeure protection. However, in order to qualify for benefits, the construction company needs to track all activity and data related to projects and costs. Using a robust ERP Accounting Software could provide a big advantage in being able to do this quickly and easily.

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