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North Carolina: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

Earlier a statewide stay at home order was implemented until April 30 after several cities and counties announced the stay at home orders. However, the latest announcement has to lead to its extension until May 8, 2020.

Issued on July 16, 2020, Governor Cooper has declared the extension of phase 2 of opening in his executive order 151. However, another executive order issued on July 14, 2020 contained guidelines as well as declaration on the extension of transportation waivers in North Carolina. This is likely to help the construction agencies get some relief from the continuous disruption of supply chain network.

October 2020 Update: Governor Cooper has announced that the restrictions related to COVID-19 will be reduced post September 30, 2020 as the state looks stable when it comes to the cases. This may bring more ease to construction contractors who are looking for opportunities since it will call for various public and private projects in North Carolina.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Roy Cooper

FAQs: North Carolina Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is addressed in the order?

The order list of essential business mentioned construction. This includes construction of all public health, public works, and school construction as essential.

How building materials are addressed in the order?

The home improvement, hardware, building material, and plumbing, electrician, and heating supply is considered essential.However, any assumptions related to local order overriding city or county orders must be confirmed.

•The city of Durham Read the order

•Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte Read the proclamation

•Pitt County Read the proclamation

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

Yes, construction associations have released several updates on workplace safety against COVID-19. This includes the Department of Labor’s guidance on preparing the workplace that is necessary to be followed for keeping the site secure and mitigate exposure.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

Construction can be kept open amid COVID-19 by aligning with essential safety guidelines. These include the Federal Updates released by CDC and OSHA for maintaining physical distance at the worksite as well as preparing worksite for safe construction.

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