Governor Kemp’s New Executive Order Concerning Coronavirus Provides Additional Guidance for the Construction Industry

By Chadd L. Reynolds

On May 12, 2019, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a new Executive Order (the “Order”) which provides a multitude of either suggested or required precautions to be taken by certain individuals, corporations, and entities in an effort to resume normal operations during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Order goes into effect May 14, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. until May 31, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. (the “Term”).

Generally, officials enforcing this Order are required to take reasonable steps to provide notice prior to issuing a citation or making an arrest. Before an official can close a business, establishment, corporation, or other organization for violating this order, they must have issued at least two citations for violations.

All residents and visitors shall practice social distancing, refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 people, with exceptions, and are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable when outside their homes or place of residence.

In the context of the construction industry, the Order still uses the term “Critical Infrastructure” which was discussed in a previous post. Critical Infrastructure that continues its operations during the Term of the Order, shall implement measures which mitigate exposure and spread of COVID-19 and such measures may include, but are not limited to the following, which shall be implemented to the maximum extent practicable:

Other measures that Critical Infrastructure should implement if practicable are:

It is important that workers on construction projects follow these guidelines along with those suggested by the CDC and OSHA to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

The WCZ COVID-19 Response Team offers 24/7 access to attorneys for our clients’ legal needs as this situation continues to evolve.