"For purposes of clarification, 'construction in support' refers to necessary repairs and maintenance for the essential business to safely remain open and operational."
That County language limits construction for essential projects to only repair/maintenance work, whereas the City language allows new construction for essential projects as well. The County document includes a chart to list what construction is allowable under their Order and what is not.
At this time, the Austin AGC working with legal experts along with City and County officials to help clarify this situation and determine if the County language only applies to work outside the Austin city limits or if it applies to all construction within the County. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, commercial construction continues this week in every other major Texas city, namely Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
As always, we are fortunate that our industry partners in the legal world are regularly writing and sharing expert guidance for contractors during this challenging time. We strongly encourage you to check the websites of the construction law firms below for the latest information they provide.