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South Carolina: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

With home or work order in effect, construction of housing, essential services, energy, infrastructure is allowed. The order has been issued for an indefinite time until any amendments or closure is issued by the authorities.

Under the executive orders from Governor McMaster announced on July 11, 2020, the state of emergency will be extended until July 26, 2020, i.e. another 15 days. However, the new amendments have provisions for transportation waivers which will stay in effect until any further orders are issued. For detailed read on executive orders, check here.

October 2020 Update: Governor of South Carolina have announced an amendment under consolidated emergency measures on October 2, 2020. This executive order contain most update on social gatherings and safety guidelines. However, the construction in the state is deemed as an essential activity which is likely to continue with essential safety practices.

Governing Body: ​The Office Of Governor Henry McMaster

FAQs: South Carolina Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How the order has addressed construction?

The orders have considered construction to have an exemption.Under the Charleston order, construction with skilled workers, repair, and development of essential infrastructure is permitted.However, the Columbia list of essential services has only considered repair and maintenance as necessary, along with some essential infrastructure.

How the building material suppliers are addressed in the order?

All the stores dealing in hardware and home improvement material are exempted.

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

Yes, considering the need for employee safety at construction sites, South Carolina has released several updates and guidelines from OSHA regarding workplace safety. These include guidelines for the employers as well as prevention to worker exposure risks.
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19(SC OSHA)
Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus(SC OSHA)
Worker Exposure Risk to COVID-19(SC OSHA)
General Requirements and Prevention Practices (SC OSHA)
Higher Risk Jobs Need Extra Protections to Keep Workers Safe(OSHA)
Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce the Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus (OSHA)
Hazard Recognition(OSH)
•Resources for Businesses and Workplaces (CDC)
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility(CDC)
COVID-19 Hazard Recognition (OSHA)
COVID-19 Control and Prevention (OSHA)

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

To resume construction in the state for all essential services need construction sites to be fully protected against the exposure. However, to keep construction open in the state while understanding the guidelines to work re-entry released by the authorities.

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