Michigan: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective From: Stay at Home with Phased Reopening/June 3, 2020

Announced on April 9, the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer ordered a shutdown of all non-essential services and business. However, construction has listed to be an essential service like many other states. With a stay at home order, an executive order listing all the non-essential businesses and services was also released.

Until June 3, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has passed a total of 108 executive orders under which various restrictions were created or lifted or reopening related updates were provided as per the need for safety and revival of economy in the state.

Governing Body: Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer

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. With our construction scheduling software, we have served so many construction firms over the years. Using all the information and resources from the past and present updates on COVID-19, we have crafted a list of Frequently Asked Questions that can be of huge help for construction firms in taking the business forward. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

All exemptions announced by the government were created based on CISA guidelines. Citing the CISA Memorandum from March 19, construction is deemed an essential activity.

However, all the non-essential activities including residential and remodeling construction have ceased. The overall situation has caused confusion for most construction firms who have been demanding written clarification according to this news report.
The orders have stated workers at designated building material suppliers and distributors to be exempt. But still, the term designated is mischievous as most builders and suppliers are relating it to designating each other for taking construction forward.
Yes, the state has released workplace guidelines for the construction industry. Considering the need for health and safety, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration along with the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity have created these guidelines.
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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To keep construction open in the state of Michigan, construction companies, contractors and even the workers need to stick with essential safety guidelines. These include practicing social distancing as well as defining the other measures at the site which can prevent illness.
Yes, the Michigan State has issued orders on improving the best practice guidelines in the state for construction workers and sites against COVID-19. These also include guidance on preparing construction sites to avoid the spread of infection at work.
To protect construction companies and contractors from any loss of liquidity, the state has been taking quick efforts along with various state and federal reforms. These include relief on tax appeal deadlines as well as lending programs like PayCheck Protection Program and CARES Act.
To take benefit of Force Majeure and avoid any liabilities, construction companies need to keep all the data of resource consumption and project progress in one place. This can be done using a robust construction accounting software which can keep a log for all project management, accounting, and ERP activities.

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