Construction in COVID-19 – Updated Orders from around the United States

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As seen in our Updated COVID-19 Construction Chart, many states saw action – or intentional inaction – this past week as it relates to COVID-19-related governmental orders.

Some states are expressly allowing construction to resume this week including:

  • Michigan (as of May 7)
  • Ohio (as of May 4)
  • Vermont (construction had already restarted but restrictions are being eased on a phased approach as of May 4 and will ease further on May 11).
  • In addition, in California, the Bay Area Counties can resume construction (as of May 4)

 Some states allowed orders to expire and either replaced those orders with less-restrictive orders, or didn’t replace them at all:

  • Alabama – Stay-at-Home order expired and replace with Safer-at-Home order;
  • Colorado – Stay-at-Home order expired and Safer-at-Home order;
  • Idaho – Order to Self-Isolate amended by Stay Healthy Order;
  • Missouri – Stay-at-Home Order expired;
  • Oklahoma – Executive Order affecting non-essential businesses expired (note – no statewide order ever implemented);
  • Tennessee – Stay-at-Home order superseded by Safer-at-Home order; and
  • Texas – Stay-at-Home order expired, issued EO GA-18, which affects non-essential businesses, but not construction.

 Some states extended their orders:

  • Mississippi (extended non-essential business closures through May 11)
  • Louisiana (extended non-essential business closures through May 15)
  • Nevada (extended non-essential business closures through May 15)
  • Wyoming (extended prohibition of gathering of 10 or more people through May 15, but does not mention construction)
  • New Mexico (extended non-essential activities and services through May 16)
  • Minnesota (extended non-essential business closures through May 17)
  • Massachusetts (extended non-essential business closures through May 18)
  • Iowa – Disaster Proclamation has been extended through May 27 (note – no statewide order ever implemented); loosened some social distancing restrictions.
  • Illinois (extended non-essential business closures through May 30)
  • New Hampshire (extended non-essential business closures through May 31)
  • Georgia (extended Shelter in Place Order until June 12)

Some states began implementing Phased reopening, but the orders did not impact any prior restrictions on construction services, if any.  These states include:

  • Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia
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