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Montana: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

The executive orders from the Governor of Montana came into effect on March 28, 2020.  However, the order was further extended till April 24, 2020, stating the shutdown of the non-essential businesses until any amended orders are issued. However, construction has been deemed as an essential service.

As per the recent orders of the Governor Steve Bullock on July 15, 2020, masks have been made a mandate for all.

October 2020 Update: Construction in the state of Montana has been listed as an essential business since the very beginning of the spread of COVID-19. However, it is a mandate for all the construction contractors to stick with the safety and workplace guidelines by OSHA.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Steve Bullock Parson

FAQs: Montana Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is addressed in the order?

According to the orders, construction is permitted and not limited to a public health emergency, long term care facilities, hospitals, housing, and public work infrastructure.

How building material is addressed?

All the stores which deal with hardware related to electrical, heating, and plumbing are all permitted to open.

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

Yes, there are recommended practices for construction worksites as well as a guide sharing tips on handling COVID-19 on your construction project. These releases were issued in the public interest to help the workers and employers understand the idea of personal responsibility, safety, and Jobsite practices, etc.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

Since construction is deemed as an essential service as per the Government updates, construction activities are likely to continue. However, to ensure the safety of both employers and employees, worksites must adhere to the guidelines for the preparation of sites to to avoid any chance of illness. Moreover, there should be a check on rules related to social distancing at the job site along with the other precautionary measures.

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