Rhode Island: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

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.

On June 29, 2020, Governor Raimondo announced an executive order addressing phase 3 of reopening the state. However, she also highlighted the need for economic stability and therefore has issued order to temporarily suspend all the employment programs for retired citizens. For detailed information related to all the orders announced by Governor Raimondo, check here.

October 2020 Update: The government of the state of Rhode Island has announced seventh supplemental emergency declaration valid from October 1, 2020 to November 2, 2020. Though the recent orders have lifted certain restrictions, the construction site will continue to operate with reduced labor capacity and safety practices.

Governing Body:The Office Of Governor Gina Raimondo

FAQs: Rhode Island Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

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
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.

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