Delaware Stay-At-Home Order
On March 22 Governor Carney of Delaware issued a Stay-At-Home Order. The Order goes into effect at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will remain in effect until May 15 or until the public threat from COVID-19 is eliminated. According to the list of essential and non-essential businesses posted on the Governor’s website, virtually the entire construction industry, including residential, commercial, heavy and civil engineering, and specialty trade construction, are permitted to remain open and operating at this time.
Ohio Stay-At-Home Order
Last night, the Ohio Governor issued a Stay at Home Order. The Order goes went into effect last night at 11:59 pm and will stay in effect until April 6, 2020. The Order is mandatory and applies to all non-essential businesses, with an exception for minimum basic operations. The list of “essential” businesses, however, is much more broad than Pennsylvania’s Oder. With respect to construction, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services to perform any work necessary to offer, provision, operate, maintain and repair "Essential Infrastructure,” which “includes, but is not limited to...construction (including, but not limited to, construction required in response to this public health emergency, hospital construction, construction of long-term care facilities, public works construction, school construction, essential business construction, and housing construction); building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical (including power generation, distribution, and production of raw materials)….." The Order also states, "Essential Infrastructure shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts to essential infrastructure broadly defined."
Pennsylvania Stay-At-Home Order
Effective 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 through April 6, 2020, the following counties are under a Stay at Home Order: Allegheny County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County. All individuals in counties subject to this policy must stay at home except for certain essential activities and work to provide life-sustaining business and government services. Note that this Order does not prohibit employees from working on construction projects that have been granted a waiver to continue or are subject to the “health care facility” exception. The Governor’s office issued some guidance regarding what is permitted under this Order.
Pennsylvania PA One Call remains operational
For those contractors that are continuing to work, it is important to note that Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. remains fully operational through both its call center and online services, to receive underground utility locate requests and to provide those notices to its member utilities.
West Virginia Stay-At-Home Order
On March 23 the Governor of West Virginia issued a Stay at Home Order. All construction activities, however, are exempted under the Order, as well as manufacturing, distribution, and supply to the construction, energy, and other related industries.