Virginia: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential
Orders/Effective Focus: Executive Order 61 on Reopening/May 8, 2020

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.

As per the executive order 61, the state is moving towards reopening and many temporary restrictions are likely to be lifted with the update from Governor Northam.

Governing Body: The Office Of Governor Ralph S. Northam

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. Using the knowledge and experience of serving as a commercial construction scheduling software, team ProjectPro has crafted a list of Frequently Asked Questions which can be of great help to construction firms. If there is anything we have not included or missed, please reach our team.

FAQs: Status of Construction

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.
The home repair, building material, and hardware dealers are permitted do business, as deemed essential in the executive orders.
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.
Yes, tracking data related to contracts, expenses, estimated delivery, job schedules, etc. would demonstrate project progress and interruptions due to COVID-19 restrictions, and in turn, help reduce project losses. This is a straightforward task 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, 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.
The state is planning some quick actions to help construction firms in the state who are facing any economic downturn. This is being worked under the State and Federal lending programs like the CARES Act and PPP program. Since the current qualification process restricts certain construction firms and contractors to get the benefit of these lending programs, AGC is working on reforms to help get benefits for all who are deprived at present by working on incorrect guidance.
In order to benefit from Force Majeure protections, activity data regarding resources, financials and project status should be tracked using a robust construction accounting software and submitted to the governing officials to demonstrate project delays and incurred expenses due to COVID-19.

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