New Jersey: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective Until: Stay at Home/Until Further Order

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

Determining the state of emergency in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy has released a total of 150 executive orders in the state under which various guidelines on health, safety, and reopening of the operations were included.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Phil Murphy

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. Since we have worked for years as project management and accounting software service provider, we have used our knowledge to draft a list of Frequently Asked Questions that can be of great help in steering construction projects amidst COVID-19. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

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.
As per the statewide executive orders, the hardware supply and building material stores are permitted to open.
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.
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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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.
For contractors or construction firms that are facing an economic downturn due to heavy investments made on payrolls and keeping the site safe, they could apply for the reimbursements under the SBA loan scheme called PayCheck Protection Program which is a provision of CARES Act.
In order to gain benefit of Force Majeure protections, activity data regarding resources, financials and project status should be tracked using a robust construction accounting software and submitted to the governing officials to demonstrate project delays and incurred expenses due to COVID-19.

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