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Ohio: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

With construction to be at exempt, a statewide order for the shutdown has been announced for the entire month of May 2020. For further information, read the executive order and public health orders for the state of Ohio.

​However, looking at the aggressive spread of COVID-19 cases in the state, Governor DeWine has announced an extension to the current state of emergency on July 17, 2020. The executive orders also contain some special guidelines to take forward the phased opening.

October 2020 Update: On October 1, 2020, Governor DeWine issued a new release updating the high risk of exposure and spread in 11 counties of the state. Therefore, it is very natural for construction projects in the state to might get affected with department of health enforcing safety guidelines in the state of Ohio.

Governing Body: ​The Office Of Governor Mike DeWine

FAQs: Ohio Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is addressed by the authorities in the order?

Housing construction is addressed as essential as per the statewide orders.

How building material and hardware is addressed?

All the hardware stores and suppliers who deal with heating, plumbing, and electrical supplies for construction are permitted to open.

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

Yes, the state of Ohio has issued certain guidelines for ensuring safe work at construction sites as well as a safe restart of projects. There have been multiple updates released to help construction firms to work on hygiene, cleaning, disinfecting, etc.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

Construction could be kept open amid COVID-19 by aligning with the safety guidelines and regulations for workers' safety and preparing the worksites. This may need employers to connect with local authorities or follow the federal guidelines issued in the public interest by Health organizations such as OSHA and CDC.

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