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Oregon: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

Until terminated or amended by the Governor, a  stay home, save lives” order has been issued for an indefinite time. Though construction is exempt, it is advised by the governor to practice social distancing at the site.

Oregon on its way to recover from COVID-19 is taking some serious measures to control. On July 6, 2020, Governor Kate Brown announced an extension to the state of emergency for another 60 days under the recent executive orders.

October 2020 Update: The state of Oregon is planning for rapid testing in the state to control the spread of COVID-19. Though construction activities in the state are considered as an essential, the further spread may make government to impose certain restrictions that might affect the business.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Kate Brown

FAQs: Oregon Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is addressed in the order?

Though no specific restrictions are present, Governor Kate Brown has mentioned that every construction and manufacturing business should stick to the social distancing guidelines.

How building material suppliers are addressed in the order?

The order specifies that any retail business permitted to function should follow social distancing rules. The Governor has mentioned that any business which is deemed to be essential will not be permitted to function until strict social distancing practices have been implemented.

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

Yes, Oregon OSHA has released multiple updates on the worker's safety and employee guidance on COVID-19. The authorities have announced construction firms to stick with the guidelines on preparing workplaces as well as the essential regulations for construction workforce.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

To keep construction open during COVID-19, the contractors and construction firms must ensure that all the essential safety guidelines should be followed at the site. These include practicing of social distancing rules, keeping the site clean, sanitizing tools, and in certain cases, establishing a process for screening and preventing exposure.

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