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New Hampshire: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

Considering the situation of emergency, the government of New Hampshire issued a stay at home order. Brought into effect on March 21, 2020, the shutdown will last until May 31, 2020, as per the amendments and recent announcement made by Governor Chris Sununu.

However, to improve the health status and revive economy in the state, Governor Sununu has released three extensions to the State of Emergency orders which contain guidelines on gradually lifting the restrictions and reopening the state.

After so many amendments to the stay at home and state of emergency orders, on July 17, 2020, Governor Sununu has announced the Executive Order 2020-15, which is the sixth extension of the State of Emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-04.

October 2020 Update: Governor Sununu issued new emergency orders on September 18, 2020, under which safety guidelines were reinforced to counter the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state. Though it has not shown any impact on construction business, the state wants contractors to stick with safety and health guidelines to avoid any chances of spread.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Chris Sununu

FAQs: New Hampshire Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How the order has addressed construction?

As per the executive order, people who work on construction, maintenance, operation, and inspection of the sites and projects are considered essential.

How the building materials are addressed in the order?

The essential functions include the commercial retail store that deals in hardware and house improvement material.

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

Yes, the Government of the State of New Hampshire has released workplace guidelines for construction projects. Considering the employee health as a primary concern, these guidelines contain employee health protection recommendations, Exposure Prevention Instructions, and Worksite risk prevention practices.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

To keep construction open during COVID-19, construction sites across different cities and counties must align with any Local and State guidelines issued. Most of these guidelines are related to preparing the Jobsite for maximum safety and overcoming any chances of infection.

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