Washington Gov. Inslee: Most construction work is not authorized during coronavirus shutdown

In a major clarification to Washington’s statewide stay-at-home order, Governor Jay Inslee’s office says workers on most commercial and residential construction sites should stay home to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Nearly all construction is a nonessential activity under the state’s new stay-at-home order. The exceptions to the stay-at-home rule, which took effect Wednesday, are construction related to essential activities like health care, transportation, energy, defense, and critical manufacturing; construction “to further a public purpose related to a public entity,” including publicly financed low-income housing; and emergency repairs.

All construction activities allowed to continue must comply with social distancing, and appropriate health and worker protection measures before proceeding. (Seattle Times)

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