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

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Like almost everything in the COVID-19 crisis, the construction landscape changes daily. Pillsbury has updated its analysis of the impacts to construction projects as a result of orders in the 50 states and Washington, DC.

Multiple states extended their existing orders regarding closure of essential businesses:

  • Mississippi extended its Shelter-in-Place Order through April 27.
  • Pennsylvania extended its Executive Order closing non-life-sustaining businesses through April 30). In addition, Governor Wolf stated that some limited construction would be permitted as of May 8 under strict guidelines.
  • Indiana extended its Executive Order closing nonessential businesses through May 1.
  • Kansas extended its Stay-at-Home Order through May 3.
  • Missouri extended its Stay-at-Home Order through May 3.
  • DC extended its stay at home order through May 15.
  • Wisconsin extended its Safer-at-Home Order through May 26.

Other states issued roadmaps and frameworks with an eye toward reopening closed businesses:

  • Vermont issued Addendum 10, announcing its phased approach to reopening Vermont’s economy. Phase I, effective April 20, authorizes construction to resume under strict guidance.
  • California issued its Roadmap to Modify the Stay-at-Home Order.
  • Oregon published a Framework for Reopening Oregon.

And a few states issued updated guidance:

  • In New York, the Empire State Development Corporation updated its Guidance related to Essential vs. Nonessential Construction.
  • Iowa issued a Public Health Proclamation requiring additional protective measures in certain regions.

On Friday, April 17, CISA updated its guidance, which we break down in “Commercial Construction during COVID-19: CISA Expands its Guidance.”

Pillsbury will continue to monitor developments as they impact the construction industry.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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