Any new home construction was halted due to the stay at home work order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer since March 24 but has since been extended up until May 7 of this year. Zack Pohl, Whitmer’s spokesperson, stated that the governor is about to sign an executive order loosening her stay at home order for the construction industry.
Pohl further added that, “No one should be surprised that the governor would open a lower risk field like she has said at previous press conferences”. According to Gov. Whitmer, construction and other outdoor enterprises are at a lower risk of spreading COVID-19 and that she would most likely reopen any construction businesses in a few weeks time.
Ron Staley, Senior Vice President of Southeast Michigan operations of The Christman Co., stated that, “We are excited to see that she is considering reopening construction and hopefully it’s across the entire state when it happens”.
Similar businesses like Staley’s have been planning to reopen for the last few weeks and have been diligently matching their protocols set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The sites all pretty much require different separation and access for workers coming and going, whether it’s new construction or a renovation project, and those are the details that each person on our team is reviewing right now with all the subcontractors on those projects,” said Stanley. “It’s a complex process. It will start out a little bit slow, but hopefully we can get everybody up and working pretty quick.”
The Michigan Economic Recovery Council advised the governor that construction and outdoor jobs were low risk compared to the service industry sector wherein workers would require to be in direct contact with their customers and clients.
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