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Tennessee: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

Originally in effect untill April 14, 2020, the stay at home orders in the state was extended to April 30, 2020. However, city and county level orders were also issued, and therefore any regulation that considered to be superseding state laws must be confirmed at the local level.

On June 29, 2020, Governor Lee has announced an extension of the State of emergency until August 29, 2020. To ensure safety and containment of COVID-19, Governor Lee also issued orders to allow electronic meetings and remote notarization while limiting any other activities.

October 2020 Update: During a recent announcement, governor Lee has announced a supplemental employer recovery grant. This grant is planned to help all the businesses that have dealt with loss in business due to costs related to safety practices such as purchase of protective equipment, contactless equipment, social distancing measures, etc.

Governing Body: The Office of Governor Bill Lee

FAQs: Tennessee Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is addressed in the orders?

Under the list of essential activities, services, and operations, construction is exempt from the prohibitions. Construction for emergency services, hospitals, school construction and long-term facilities are all permitted to function.

At the county level, the orders issued by Knox county, separate city and county orders in designating construction related to home repair. The Knox county order mentioned “home and business structure repair” and “essential building maintenance” to be a part of essential services.

How has the building material suppliers addressed in the order?

The business which deals in building material or essential to heating, plumbing, and electrical services are exempted.

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

Yes, the Government of Tennessee has released some workplace guidelines for construction employers as well as workers which are essential to be followed at the site. These guidelines define the safety measures which can help to ensure employee protection against the exposure.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

To keep construction open during COVID-19, construction firms as well as workers need to abide by the Federal guidelines to prevent the exposure. These include practices like social distancing, preparing the workplace against COVID-19, sanitizing all equipment and areas, prevent the sharing of tools, and wearing safety equipment, etc.

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