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West Virginia: The Official Stance for Construction

Construction Status: Essential

Considering the state of emergency, the stay at home orders were brought into effect indefinitely. But still, construction has been deemed essential.​

Improving the COVID response in the state, Governor Justice has announced an executive order on July 6, 2020 under which wearing of mask is made to be a mandate. Besides this, another order was released on July 13, 2020 under which social gathering limit has been reduced from 100 to 25.

October 2020 Update: There has been no specific update issued by Governor Justice in regard to construction. However, the long halted solar project in the state is ready to be started with the construction activity with respect to site safety standards made to avoid the spread of contagion. Though construction is deemed as an essential, it would still be a necessary for contractors and workers to practice the social distancing and safety protocols.

Governing Body: The Office Of Governor Jim Justice

FAQs: West Virginia Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

How construction is addressed in the order?

With construction deemed as essential, all construction related to healthcare, sanitation, long term facilities, housing, and business construction is permitted.

How the order has addressed building material suppliers?

The hardware stores along with those who deal with supplies related to electrical, plumbing, and heating material are permitted to work.

Are there any specific Jobsite Rules/Protocols?

Though there are no particular orders issued by the authorities in the state, it is necessary that all workplaces or sites must stick to the OSHA’s rules for preparing worksites. Moreover, guidelines from health organizations such as WHO and CDC’s updates should be considered to practice safety at the site.

How Construction could be kept open amid COVID-19?

Since construction is deemed essential in the state, there is no restriction on opening construction sites for essential projects, such as building healthcare facilities, schools, shelter homes, electricity supply, or other such construction projects. However, these sites must ensure the practice of social distancing rules and safety measures against exposure.

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