Texas: The Official Stance for Construction
Construction Status: Essential
With construction deemed essential for energy projects, housing, and infrastructure, the stay at home orders are extended untill April 30, 2020. Though sticking with a stay at home guidelines, a new order was released in which Governor Abbott has three new executive orders lifting many restrictions on work, travel, and retail, etc.
The state of Texas is moving towards reopening under the recent executive orders of Governor Abbott under which he has specified the plan to open activities and business. However, the state is still looking towards contact tracing and testing to ensure control over the spread and bring the state back to normal.
October 2020 Update: The recent orders issued by Governor Abbott have lifted restrictions on public gatherings and visit to the bars. However, the outdoor events are not restricted to the limit on gathering but have to stick with social distancing rules. Since September, government has also opened bidding options for public projects which can turn to be an opportunity for the contractors.
Governing Body: The Office Of Governor Greg Abbott
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However, the different counties had a different perspective on construction. For instance, Austin County has considered construction of affordable housing only as essential. However, San Antonio County has considered both residential and commercial construction as essential.