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New Jersey: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

Considering the circumstance, Governor Phil Murphy announced a statewide stay at home order on April 8 for an indefinite period until called. The order ceased all the construction work that comes in the non-essential category. However, transportation, healthcare, and utility were listed in the category of essential construction.

Governor Murphy has announced an extension to the public health emergency declared first on March 9 and was extended on April 7, May 6, and June 4. Under the recent update made on July 2, 2020, the government has announced a need for making best use of resources to control COVID-19 while reopening the state simultaneously.

October 2020 Update: The present position of construction in New Jersey has been slightly more affected due to the travel restrictions that are implemented to prevent community spread. However, the construction projects in the state will continue to function with limited labor capacity and extensive safety guidelines.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Phil Murphy

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

How construction is addressed in the order?

After the orders on April 8, all the non-essential construction is ceased in the state. However, public works, transport, healthcare were all listed essential. However, residential construction is only permitted on projects that are under the affordable housing scheme.

Also, the residential construction units which are already underway or for which a legally binding agreement is entered will be run as per their planned schedule. Moreover, any repair necessary for public health and safety could be continued.

How building materials are addressed in the order?

As per the statewide executive orders, the hardware supply and building material stores are permitted to open.

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

Yes, the Government has released multiple updates and guidelines related to workplace safety. These include the CISC preparedness and response plan as well as Jobsite Checklist and Toolbox Talk that can help create a safe work environment employees.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

Construction could be kept open amid COVID-19 by aligning with all the safety guidelines issued by the State and Federal Authorities. Most significant of these include social distancing, wearing protective equipment, and prevent the sharing of tools and equipment, while keeping a 6-foot distance at work site.

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