April 8, 2020

Construction can continue in CA amid shutdown orders

A “stay at home” order enacted in California late last week does not pertain to current construction projects in the state. Although the executive order by California Gov. Gavin Newsom does not mention construction, a notice on the state’s website lists it as one of the sectors that is not affected.

“The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare and construction, including housing construction,” it reads.

The Associated General Contractors of California is also seeking clarification on whether Newsom’s measure supersedes more stringent shutdown mandates in other parts of the state, most notably the San Francisco Bay Area.

“There is still some ambiguity that we have to work through,” AGC of California CEO Peter Tateishi told Construction Dive. “But we’re telling members who ask if they can go to work today that if they’re on an existing project, they’re exempted.”

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