New York: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective From: Phased Reopening 2/June 8, 2020

With New York being severely affected due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an order of statewide pause on all the non-essential businesses and activities.

However, construction of emergency facilities, hospitals, public schools, bridges, roads, energy projects, and other public works are deemed essential. For additional information about essential and non-essential business in the state,  click here.

Since New York has turned to be the epicenter for COVID-19 cases in the United States, unlike other states, Governor Cuomo has announced phased opening beginning from June 8. However, the areas like Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Southern Tier which were found to be in controlled state will be entering phase 2 of reopening.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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. With our construction scheduling software, we have served so many construction firms over the years. Using all the information and resources from the past and present updates on COVID-19, we have crafted a list of Frequently Asked Questions that can be of huge help for construction firms in taking the business forward. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

The executive order stated that essential businesses in which construction is related to an emergency such as public health and safety are permitted to continue.
The executive order categorized hardware stores as essential.
Yes, the Government of New York has released interim guidance related to construction activities. This includes various necessary regulations and guidelines related to the responsible construction during COVID-19. It outlines all the standards and significant aspects like physical distancing, workplace activity, hygiene, etc.
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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To ensure the right planning is made to tackle the economic downturn, the state has opted for the phased reopening of the various construction activities. Under this, construction sites, as well as other essential businesses, are ordered to limit the workforce while practicing the safety regulations and exposure prevention guidelines.
Yes, construction firms and contractors who have a workforce of less than or equal to 500 are permitted to apply for the PayCheck Protection Program. However, there are certain emergency loans for which a construction firm could apply. For more details, the following resources could be checked:

Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness
SBA Interim Rules for Business Loans and PPP
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
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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