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Virginia: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

The orders of Governor Ralph Northam, stay at home is effective until June 10. However, there are no clear or direct rules that deem construction to be essential.

Since Virginia is having a healthy recovery against COVID-19, the state is lifting many restrictions as it enter the phase 3 of easing the temporary restrictions under the latest executive order from Governor Northam announced on June 30, 2020.

October 2020 Update: Governor Northam announced a grant on September 29 in order to help the state with recovery against COVID-19. Some part of funding from $8.4 Million of grant is also subjected for the construction of rehab and shelters. This can also be considered as a positive sign for contractors who work on public projects. However, it would be a necessary to stick with safety guidelines at the worksite to avoid any spread.

Governing Body: The Office Of Governor Ralph S. Northam

FAQs: Virginia Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is addressed in the order?

Though there is no evidence of restriction or permission to continue construction in the executive orders or other resources, the news channels in the state have been broadcasting that construction will not be affected.

Also, Virginia’s deputy secretary of commerce and trade, Angela Navarro while addressing on March 23, 2020, had announced that construction industry will not be disrupted.

How building material suppliers are addressed?

The home repair, building material, and hardware dealers are permitted do business, as deemed essential in the executive orders.

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

Yes, various guidelines and updates for workplace safety have been released. These include a release on maintaining a culture of care during COVID-19 as well as a list of essential tools for safety at the workplace.

• Jobsite permission form re: Executive Order 53 for employees. Use with your own letterhead and share it with employees.
• Updated document on best practices on the job site.

How construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

To keep construction open during COVID-19, it is necessary that construction sites need to be prepared for maximum safety. The safety guidelines wearing safety gear at the site, social distancing, and in certain cases screening arrangements at the workplace, if required.

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