Tennessee: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective From: Reopening Orders/May 18, 2020

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.

With Tennessee becoming the national leader in testing, Governor Bill Lee has announced reopening of the state with various guidelines and strict social distancing protocol. 

Governing Body: The Office of Governor Bill Lee

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. With our construction scheduling software, we have served so many construction firms over the years. Using all the information and resources from the past and present updates on COVID-19, we have crafted a list of Frequently Asked Questions that can be of huge help for construction firms in taking the business forward. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

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.
The business which deals in building material or essential to heating, plumbing, and electrical services are exempted.
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.
Yes, the data related to contracts, expenses, estimated delivery, job schedules, etc. would track project progress and interruption in order to reduce project losses due to COVID-19. However, it will be easier for construction firms who have a robust project management and accounting software in place.

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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.
Considering the financial hit that construction companies in Tennessee have taken, the State and Federal Authorities have announced PayCheck Protection Program under which construction companies could apply for loans and insurance lending programs to get compensation against the loss.
In order to benefit from Force Majeure protections, activity data regarding resources, financials and project status should be tracked using a robust construction accounting softwareand submitted to the governing officials to demonstrate project delays and incurred expenses due to COVID-19.

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