PENNSYLVANIA CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY ALLOWED TO RESTART ON MAY 8
On April 20, 2020 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine issued Amendments to existing Orders that had prohibited non-life essential construction activity in Pennsylvania because of the COVID pandemic. The Amended Orders authorize “limited” residential and commercial construction activity in Pennsylvania (which had been previously restricted) to commence starting on May 8, 2020. Such activity includes residential and commercial construction and residential and commercial tenant fit out work. Amended FAQs issued with the Amended Orders state that permitted construction must be in “strict compliance” with the Administration’s guidance. It is anticipated that in advance of May 8, the Governor or Secretary of Health will issue guidance with COVID related safety and health related conditions to which construction work in Pennsylvania will be subject. These conditions are expected to include physical distancing, schedule staggering, group meeting size limitations, and cleaning requirements.
The Amendments include an updated chart of businesses allowed to operate. Under the updated business chart, commercial and residential construction activity is now allowed as of May 8 in strict compliance with the Administration’s guidance. Here is a link to the Governor and Secretary of Health’s Amended Orders, and the updated business chart: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-online-vehicle-sale-process-construction-restart-date-plcb-curbside-pick-up.
Please feel free to contact Kaplin Stewart’s Construction Group with questions or concerns about the Amended Orders or their impact on Pennsylvania construction activity.