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Oklahoma: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Unrestricted

Initially, no orders were issued from the office of the Governor and therefore, city and county wise orders were released in concern to the spread of COVID-19. Here is a list of past local orders.

For now, the statewide orders for closure of all those businesses which the US Department of Homeland Ministry has listed as non-essential are issued. Apart from this, no strict stay at home orders are issued by the government.

Looking at the present situation and rising number of cases for COVID-19, Governor Kevin Stitt has released executive orders on July 10, 2020, under which the state of emergency has been extended until next update.

October 2020 Update: The state of Oklahoma have decided to continue with public construction projects that are critical to control operations related to transportation. Since construction has been deemed as an essential practice, this might allow construction firms to plan for public projects along with existing private projects.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Kevin Stitt

FAQs: Oklahoma Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How the order has addressed construction?

The list of essential industries has deemed construction as an essential business. Under this, all types of construction, heavy engineering, and contractors are permitted to function. Moreover, no city-wise orders were found to be suspending construction.

How building material suppliers are addressed?

Listing building material as essential, none of the orders have placed any limits on building material suppliers.

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

Yes, recognizing the need for emergency support and guidance in the state of Oklahoma, construction companies need to stick with OSHA guidelines related to health and safety hazards. These include various rules which must be followed at construction site and also the guidelines on which construction site needs to be prepared.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

To keep construction sites open in the state, construction firms and contractors need to stick with the safety guidelines at various levels. These include following the guidelines to prepare the workspace, risk management practices, and other essential safety measures needs to be adopted at the site.
•DOL:Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
•DOL:OSHA Resources for Workers and Employers on COVID-19
•WHO:Get Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
•CISA:Risk Management for COVID-19

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