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New Mexico: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

On March 24, 2020, a statewide order for the shutdown of all non-essential business was issued. The order was further extended to April 30, 2020, and then to May 4, 2020, under the revised executive orders listing construction as an essential business.

With continuous warnings on rising cases and chances of transmission, New Mexico is re-enacting all public restrictions. Governor Grisham has announced on July 15, 2020, an extension to the state of emergency keeping a hold to Phase 2 of reopening in the state. You can find the amended document for Public Health Order Here.

October 2020 Update: Department of Public Health and Governor Grisham have extended the public health emergency until October 16, 2020. However, the state has removed certain restrictions which may make it easier for construction firms to operate and carry the projects forward.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

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

How construction is addressed in the order?

All the commercial and residential construction in the state is deemed essential.

How building materials are addressed in the order?

All the hardware stores in the state of New Mexico are considered essential.

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

Yes, the State of New Mexico along with the New Mexico Environment Department has made a few releases on workplace guidelines. These include OSHA’s guidelines on preparing the workplace as well as certain special recommendations to Prevent Worker Exposure to COVID-19.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

To keep construction open during COVID-19, construction sites must be prepared with all the necessary require for the safety of the workers. These include common practices like availability of sanitizers, water, and soap, 6-foot marks at the site to avoid close contact between workers, screening arrangement to check the temperature of workers coming or leaving the site, etc.

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