April 28, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Construction is Back in Business
We had great news on Friday as Governor Inslee relaxed restrictions on all types of construction as long as they qualify as low risk. This change is largely in thanks to the efforts of a Construction Work Group that provided a robust and well thought out proposal to the Governor on April 14th.
We are able to continue to build homes so long as they are currently under construction (Phase1) and we adhere to the guidelines.
As with all things COVID-19, the situation may change rapidly, including our understanding of these requirements and the best practices associated with them. We will keep you updated as we learn of any developments.
We are so happy for our homebuyers that are patiently waiting for their homes to be built. Thanks for hanging in there with us!
Summary of Phase One Requirements:
- This allows for the restart of existing construction projects that can be worked on while a 6 ft distance is maintained at all times.
- Prior to recommencing work, all contractors are required to develop and post at each job site a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation and recovery plan.
- All contractors are required to post at each job site a written notice to employees, subcontractors and government officials the work that will be performed at that job site and a signed commitment to adhere to the requirements.
- COVID-19 Site Supervisor: A site-specific COVID-19 supervisor will be designated by the contractor at every job site to monitor the health of employees and enforce the COVID-19 job site safety plan.
- COVID-19 Safety Training: A training must be conducted on all job sites on the first day of returning to work, and weekly thereafter, to explain the protective measures in place for all workers.
- Social Distancing: Social distancing of at least 6 feet of separation must be maintained by every person on the job site at all times.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) — Employer Provided: Employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face shields and face masks as appropriate, or required, for the work being done.
- The plan also includes proper sanitation and cleanliness for workers, as well as policies to encourage workers to stay home or leave the job site when they are sick.