Rhode Island: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective From: Reopening Phase 2/May 13, 2020

The stay at home orders were issued and will stay in effect until May 8, 2020.

Construction of both residential and commercial projects is exempted.

After the successful implementation of phase 1 of reopening on May 13, 2020, the state is now proceeding towards Phase 2 of reopening.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Gina Raimondo

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. We have used our knowledge as a microsoft construction software provider to design a list of Frequently Asked Questions which can help to sustain business as well as resist any chances of contagion during construction. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

There are no specific restrictions or guidelines are issued.
Considered as a critical business, industrial supply, hardware, and construction material stores are permitted to open.
Yes, to ensure safety of all the essential workers, the Department of Health, Rhode Island has issued several guidelines for the employers which can help to make the facility safe for workers. These guidelines also include information related to exposure prevention and reducing the chances of infection at work.

Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Facility
Decision Algorithm for Return to Direct Patient Care For Healthcare Worker who Tested Positive for COVID-19
Face Covering Guidance (Dept. Business Regulation)
Guidance for Ambulatory Care Settings for Infection Prevention with COVID
Prepare Your Small Business and Employees for the Effects of COVID-19
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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Since construction is deemed essential in the state, the essential construction projects are permitted to function during COVID-19. However, construction firms and contractors must ensure that they adhere to all safety guidelines and practices at the site. These include social distancing i.e. six-foot rule at work, proper sanitation process, wearing of face masks and gloves, and prevent the sharing of tools, equipment, and machinery, etc.
Yes, PayCheck Protection Program which is a part of the SBA program under the CARES Act can help construction firms seek financial aid for their business. Apart from this, the workers could simply turn towards the unemployment insurance schemes to get compensated for any loss that they may must bear during COVID-19.
In order to benefit from 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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