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Mississippi: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

The non-essential businesses have been suspended in the state but construction is considered to be exempt. Along with this, statewide shelter in place orders has been announced while a resolution was passed for the city of Oxford in which stay at home orders were released.

On July 6, 2020, Governor Reeves has announced extension to the Safe Return Order. Also, Governor Reeves have announced new social distancing measures for 13 counties to protect public health on July 10, 2020.

October 2020 Update: According to the Safe Return orders issued by Governor Reeves, wearing a face mask is an essential. Here are some guidelines which businesses need to follow as a part of safe return planning of the Mississippi state:

  • Implement screening protocols of employees at the beginning of shifts.
  • Send sick employees home and encourage sick employees to remain at home.
  • Limit customers to 75% of the business’ capacity.
  • Require that appropriate PPE be worn by all employees while at work.
  • Adopt measure to ensure social distancing for customers.
  • Adopt and enforce hand-washing measures.
  • Frequently clean high-contact surfaces.
  • Make hand sanitizer available to all customers at points of entry and throughout the business; and
  • Post prominent signage regarding social distancing and symptoms of COVID-19.

Governing Body: Office of Governor Tate Reeves

FAQs: Mississippi Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is addressed?

Construction services such as building, lumber, hardware business, electricians, plumbers, HVAC workers, Painting, Moving, and relocating services are all considered to be essential.

How the orders have addressed the building material suppliers?

Under the executive orders defining essential services, order 1463 has included building material and hardware as an essential retail business.

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

Yes, to ensure that all workers return to work safe and sound, the government has designed best practices for safely returning to work. These include various guidelines on preparing the worksites as well as practicing social distancing and other safety rules.

Are there any specific Jobsite Rules/Protocols?

Yes, the state has issued some Jobsite practices that construction companies and contractors need to ensure implemented on the site. These include a certain set of rules for employees and employers which can help prevent the spread of illness.

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