Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Info and Updates

Updated April 2, 2020 12:21 p.m.

State of Michigan Health and Human Services Recommendations

At 11:00 a.m. on 3/23/20, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19) , which is a temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. Effective at 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances. We have received multiple calls from members concerned about what this might mean for their business.

Michigan employees may continue to report for work if they meet one of two criteria: (A) they are performing critical infrastructure duties or (B) they are necessary to ensure business continuity.

For more information on entities that qualify as critical infrastructure employers, please review the Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers (revised March 28, 2020: Click here for updated Guidance).

Once you have determined which of the bullet points applies to your organization, you must provide your employees with a letter authorizing them to continue to work. In addition, you may extend the authorization to the entities in your supply chain or to staff members that are essential for your business continuity. We have created a template letter for your use .

Information about this outbreak is changing rapidly. You can stay informed by regularly visiting Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Resources for the Construction Industry

Q: Is construction allowed under the executive order?

A: Some limited forms of construction are permissible, including construction to maintain and improve roads, bridges, telecommunications infrastructure, and public health infrastructure (such as the creation or expansion of hospitals or other medical facilities to provide or support the provision of necessary care during the emergency). Construction workers may also undertake projects that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of a residence during the emergency; any non-emergency maintenance or improvements to residences is not permitted. In addition, a business may designate a construction firm under section 9(b) of the order to provide necessary support to the work of that business’s critical infrastructure workers.

Construction projects that do not meet these criteria cannot be started or progressed while the order is in effect. This includes any such projects that were already underway at the time the order was issued. For those projects, workers are permitted on site only to carry out “minimum basic operations” under section 4(b) of the order. This work is limited to in-person tasks that are strictly necessary to preserve the current condition of the project while the order is in effect, such as putting in place temporary security and weatherization measures. All other in-person work on the project must cease until the restrictions of the order are lifted and normal operations resume

Q: May landscaping, lawncare, tree service, irrigation, and related outdoor maintenance companies operate under this order?

A: No, except if the service is necessary to maintain and improve the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of a residence. Therefore, cosmetic and non-emergency maintenance and improvements to the outdoor areas of residences and businesses are not permissible under this order.  Any necessary landscaping work that is carried out while the order is in effect must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures required under section 5(c) of the order.

Q: Are people who repair homes considered critical infrastructure employees for the purposes of Executive Order 2020-21?

A: In general, yes. Under the order, critical infrastructure workers include workers “who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.” To the extent your workers perform jobs that are necessary to the safety, sanitation, and operation of homes, they may be designated as critical infrastructure workers.

Resources for Employers

Precautions at the Construction Association of Michigan

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In observance of Executive Order 2020-21, all CAM employees will be working remotely. Our project news team will continue to report on and update projects. CAM Magazine and the e-News will continue to get published. If you need assistance, please send an email to cam@buildwithcam.com. We will keep you informed with any new information as it becomes available.

Major League Baseball has officially suspended spring-training games and will delay the start of the regular season by at least two weeks. CAM is postponing the tailgate event planned for Monday, March 30th, 2020.

Other upcoming CAM events, classes, and meetings are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis and our team is working to notify affected parties as soon as possible.

Start Date Name Notes
4/2/2020 OSHA 10-Hour CANCELLED
4/14/2020 Contract Payment Provisions, Dispute Resolution Clauses & the Michigan Builders Trust Fund Available online
4/15/2020 Respirable Crystalline Silica
4/16/2020 Fall Protection: Competent Person Training
4/21/2020 Lead and Asbestos Awareness Training
4/21/2020 Cost Estimating of a Construction Change Order
4/22/2020 AIA Contract Forms
4/22/2020 Estimating
4/23/2020 European Pheasant Hunt – March 2020
4/23/2020 Ground Supported Scaffold – Competent Person Training
4/28/2020 Behavior Based Safety – Fundamentals & Implementation – MTI Elective
4/29/2020 ARC Flash Awareness

 

Updated April 2, 2020 12:21 p.m.