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Utah: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

The stay safe, stay home orders were issued, and were extended to stay in effect until May 1st, 2020. Though planning reopening, the people in Utah are still encouraged to stay at home.

Before these orders, some county-wide orders were also released.

On July 10, 2020, Governor Hebert issued an executive order under which state of emergency is extended to counter civil unrest in the state while to counter and control COVID-19, another executive order has been addressed to have a mandate for masks.

October 2020 Update: Under the CARES act, Utah labor commission has announced a special grant for small businesses with employees less than 50. However, the construction in the state is still under the list of essential activities and is likely to continue with standard safety protocols to prevent spread at the site.

Governing Body: ​The Office Of Governor Gary Herbert

FAQs: Utah Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is addressed in the orders?

With minimum statewide standards, Utah has placed no restrictions on the construction industry at the state level.

The Salt Lake and Summit counties have announced orders for residential and commercial construction to be necessary while other areas of the state are only asked to follow the safety practices and social distancing guidelines.

How building material suppliers are addressed in the order?

With most of the state to be operating normally, Salt Lake County has only permitted the hardware stores and those selling electrical, heating, and plumbing material to be essential. However, Summit County has also listed hardware stores essential.

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

Yes, construction sites in the State of Utah need to be prepared for protection against COVID-19. For this, the employers must ensure that they follow OSHA’s guidelines for preparing workplaces before workers are called at the site. These guidelines include a various set of rules and protocols that can help prevent exposure to the infection and keeping site secure against illness.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

To keep construction open during COVID-19, construction firms in the state of Texas could simply follow the Sample plan for prevention, preparedness, and response. This plan includes a different set of responsibilities that the managers and employees need to take, along with information on protective measures.

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