DC Mayor’s Order 2020-054 Stay at Home

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser declared the closure  of all non-essential businesses and prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people, effective from March 25 at 10:00 PM through April 24, 2020. Non-essential businesses include tour guides and touring services; gyms, health clubs, spas, and massage establishments; theaters, auditoriums, and other places of large gatherings; nightclubs; hair, nail, and tanning salons and barbershops; tattoo parlors; sales not involved in essential services; retail clothing stores; and professional services not devoted to assisting essential business operations.

Commercial and residential construction, ad the suppliers were fundamentally exempted from the closure order. .

On March 30, Washington DC followed both Virginia and Maryland requiring individuals to stay at home if they are not engaged traveling to work for and engaging in activity for Essential Businesses. The March 30 order continued the March 24 order’s listing of numerous construction trades as Essential Businesses, enabling construction work to continue.

On March 23, 2020, Governor Northam issued an order limiting public gatherings and events to 10 or fewer people and encouraging social distancing. The order went into effect at 11:59 PM on March 24 and currently remains in place until April 23, 2020. Under the order, recreational and entertainment businesses must close, and restaurants and other restaurants providing food and beverage services may only offer take-out and delivery. Other businesses that remain open must utilize telework as much as possible and otherwise adhere to social distancing recommendations, enhanced sanitizing procedures, and apply relevant workplace guidance from state and federal authorities, including CDC, OSHA, and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. As such, construction continues and contractors may continue their operations both in the field and at the office as long as they follow those guidelines.

On March 30, the Governor issued an order that required all individuals in Virginia to remain at home unless engaged in permissible activity such as seeking food, medical attention, or permissible travel subject to social distancing requirements. Permissible travel includes traveling to and from one’s place of work. The March 30 order also extended the duration of the above restrictions to June 10, 2020. The new order did not articulate any changes to the business closures outlined in the March 23 order, and it appears that, like Maryland, Virginia is permitting construction activities to continue.

Executive Order 55:    Virginia EO-55-Temporary-Stay-at-Home-Order-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19)-1

Executive Order 53:    Virginia EO-53-Temporary-Restrictions-Due-To-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19)

As some NUCA  members are experiencing through enforcement of their Governor’s stay-at-home (SAH) order, NUCA National has drafted a sample “essential letter” template that our members can customize for their employees traveling through quarantined areas.     We have uploaded this sample letter to the website  – See link below!

 

If you think your employees may need a “travel pass” in your area of business, please feel free to use this template.  While this letter may not satisfy LEOs or code enforcement entities who are stopping vehicles checking on travel needs, we believe having a company document with the employee stating our essential industry position to infrastructure maintenance and repair in a local community is better than nothing at all.

Please make sure that you verify your final letter on your company letterhead with your own legal counsel before committing to its use!

Sample Covid-19 Essential Letter Template FINAL 04-02-20

 

This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard. Additionally, this advisory list is not intended to be the exclusive list of critical infrastructure sectors, workers, and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response across all jurisdictions. Individual jurisdictions should add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion.
The advisorylist identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are typically essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing operational functions, among others. It also includes workers who support crucial supply chains and enable functions for critical infrastructure. The industries they support represent, but are not limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement,
and public works.

MARYLAND – Governor Larry Hogan has announced a stay-at-home order for all residents in Maryland in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

Governor Hogan made the announcement during a press conference on Monday morning. The order does not restrict people from leaving their homes for essential activities, such as grocery shopping, visiting a doctor, or picking up a prescription. The order also allows essential workers to report to and from work.

The order goes into effect on Monday at 8 p.m.

As of Monday morning, Maryland had 1,413 confirmed cases of the virus. There have been 15 deaths in the state.

The State of Virginia announced restrictions specifically on RESTAURANTS, RECREATIONAL,
ENTERTAINMENT, GATHERINGS, NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL BUSINESSES,
AND CLOSURE OF K-12 SCHOOLS.

See the entire test of the Governor’s Executive Order:

Virginia EO-53-Temporary-Restrictions-Due-To-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19)

Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland, Number 20-03-23-01, dated March 23, 2020,
Amending and Restating the Order of March 19, 2020, Prohibiting Large Gatherings and
Events and Closing Senior Centers, and Additionally Closing All Non-Essential Businesses
and Other Establishments

 

 

Maryland OLC-Interpretive-Guidance-COVID19-04

Updated March 25, 2020: Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its first guidance. See Rees Broome, PC’s DOL Guidance Alert issued on March 25, 2020.
Updated March 25, 2020: DOL has indicated that the effective date is April 1, 2020. It applies to leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

 

Access the entire document:   March 25, 2020 Updated Guidance for Employers for Amendments to FMLA due to Coronavirus

Announcement from DC Water:

 

During this unprecedented outbreak, we would like to remind the public that disinfectants used to treat drinking water are effective against COVID-19. The Washington Aqueduct’s water treatment process includes two stages of disinfection before it enters DC Water’s distribution system. The first stage is free chlorine and the second is chloramine, both very effective at killing viruses.

Additionally, residual disinfection levels throughout our pipe distribution system remain at effective levels to keep water clean and safe. In fact, next week begins our annual switch to chlorine that helps clean the pipes.

We continue to monitor the water quality, repair broken water mains and maintain the distribution system. We have suspended water service disconnections so that District residents and essential employees have the water they need to protect their health.

“We have all seen store shelves emptied out during the past two weeks, but there’s no public health reason to stockpile bottled water,” said DC Water CEO and General Manager David L. Gadis. “There has been no disruption in our ability to provide clean, safe drinking water to our customers and we will continue to do so throughout this crisis.”

 

 

DC COVID 19 Guidelines for Construction Sites FINAL

 

The Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) within the Department of Employment
Services and the DC Department of Health (DC Health) have been monitoring the ongoing
COVID-19 public health crisis. The latest information and guidance on the District’s COVID-19
response can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov.
Companies need to take proactive measures to ensure their personnel do not report to work sick;
examples include screening employees and provision for use of sick leave. Subcontractors
should be encouraged to do the same. Field teams should maintain constant communication with
their subcontractors and be vigilant for obviously sick persons in the field. Any employees
reporting to work sick should be sent home.