Thursday, March 26, 2020
Listening to all these daily press conferences can be quite depressing. It's as if each day we lose one more small liberty that we didn't even know we enjoyed until we were told we couldn't do it anymore. Today, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's press conference was even more morose that normal. He discussed the severity of the situation in New York and repeatedly said that our city could find ourselves in a similar situation if we didn't do one simple thing.

Practice safe social distancing.

Two weeks ago none of us knew the term. Now, we must become a master of the definition and the practice of social distancing. And I'm not just talking about at the grocery.

Construction and home maintenance are currently considered an essential business during this state of emergency. That means we are still able to work while many people are not. But in order to maintain that status, we MUST adhere to the CDC protocols.

This means, on job sites, everyone on the site must maintain a safe social distance of at least 6' between one another and between trades. It means screening workings and prohibiting them from entering the site if they exhibit any symptoms of being sick including a fever or cough. It means providing hand washing stations on sites so everyone can wash their hands. It means posting signage notifying everyone that they are prohibited from entering the site if they are sick - no matter who they are. And it means taking steps like limiting the number of people that are on a job site at any one time.

This may be challenging but you MUST find a way to get your employees and/or your subcontractors to abide by these requirements. We will help as much as we can.

To view the CDC's interim guidelines for dealing with COVID-19, click here.

To view a sample letter that can be edited and distributed to your employees and subcontractors click here.

For printable signage in Spanish and in English that prohibits sick people from entering the site, click here.

If your subcontractors or employees are concerned about being pulled over by law enforcement you can click here for a template of a Kentucky letter or click here for a template of an Indiana letter.

Yesterday, Governor Beshear signed an order relating to evictions. As soon as we can access that order we will review and make it available to you.

As an industry we are problem solvers. We're flexible. We're creative. Let's use those skills to incorporate these new practices into our job-sites so we keep our employees and subs healthy and our industry working.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.


Juva Barber
BIA of Greater Louisville
502 458 0032 - mobile
Yesterday, March 25, 2020, Governor Beshear Answers a Question regarding real estate - see clip below:
Who is Essential Anyway?

Governor Beshear's Executive Order | March 25, 2020
Non-life-sustaining business

Read the entire order here

1. Only Life-Sustaining Businesses May Remain Open after March 26, . All businesses that are not life-sustaining shall cease operations effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 8:00 p.m., except as needed to conduct Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in this Order. For the purposes of this Order, Life-Sustaining Businesses are all businesses that allow Kentuckians to remain Healthy at Home, including:
1.     Critical sectors identified by the Department of Homeland Security
  • This includes health care, water, public services and critical facilities. A full list of infrastructure sectors can be found here.
2.    In-person retail businesses that provide life-sustaining goods**
  • Grocery stores
  • Hardware stores or businesses that sell plumbing, heating or electrical material
  • Medical product or first-responder supply stores
  • Agricultural supply and equipment stores
3.    Food, beverage or agriculture manufacturing, production or processing facilities
  • Any farming, livestock, fishing, baking or other agriculture businesses
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter or other necessities for animals
4.    Nonprofit organizations that provide charitable or social services
  • Food banks providing services to those who need help
  • Homeless outreach organizations
5.    Media
  • Newspapers, TV, radio or other media
6.    Gas stations and any businesses needed for transportation
  • All gas stations and connected convenience stores
  • Automobile, motorcycle, boat or bicycle repair shops
  • Farm and construction equipment shops
7.    Financial services
  • Banks and credit unions
  • Loan companies or brokers
  • Any agents, advisers or issuers
  • Appraisers or pawnbrokers
8.    Housing, buildings and construction businesses***
  • Plumbers, electricians, HVAC or exterminators
  • Cleaning and janitorial staff
  • Security staff
  • Painting, landscaping, or moving staff
9.    Mail, shipping or delivery services
  • Post offices
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages or goods through commercial channel
10.                    Laundry services
  • Laundromats
  • Dry cleaners
11.                    Restaurants providing carry-out, drive-thru or delivery
  • Any restaurants that do not allow in-person consumption
12.                    Businesses selling or manufacturing supplies to life-sustaining businesses
  • IT, computer, audio or video electronic businesses
  • Personal hygiene businesses
  • Firearm and ammunition suppliers
  • Hardware, paint, flat glass businesses
13.                    Any means of transportation
  • Airlines
  • Taxis
  • Rental services
  • Public, private or commercial transportation
14.                    Home-based care centers for adults, seniors or children with disabilities
15.                    Professional services that should only use in-person interaction when telecommunication is impossible
  • Legal services
  • Accounting
  • Insurance and real estate services
16.                    Manufacture, distribution or supply chains for critical industries
  • Waste pickup and disposal
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Health care
  • Chemicals and sanitation
  • Steel or petroleum
  • Mining or mineral extraction
  • National defense
17.                    Critical labor unions
18.                    Hotels and motels
  • Any hotels/motels lodging and providing carry-out or delivery food services
19.                    Funeral services
  • Adhering to restrictions on mass gatherings and use social distancing guidelines
20.                    Lawful sales of firearms and ammunition

<More specific details below>

b. **Life-sustaining Retail. In-person retail businesses that provide life­sustaining goods, consistent with Executive Order 2020-246, as well as businesses that supply life-sustaining retail and their administrative support operations. In addition, the following additional categories of retail are designated as life-sustaining under this Order:
i. hardware stores and businesses that sell electrical, plumbing, and heating material;
ii. agricultural supply and equipment stores;
iii. medical product supply and equipment stores; and
iv. stores that supply first responders and other critical government and healthcare workers.

The life-sustaining retail stores listed above shall, to the fullest extent possible, permit customers to use delivery or curbside service. 

h. ***Housing, Buildings and Construction. To ensure Kentuckians can remain Healthy at Home, businesses providing construction or maintenance of residential, commercial, or governmental structures, including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff, security staff, operating engineers,
HVAC, painting, landscaping, moving and relocation services, necessary for sustaining the safety, sanitation and operation of structures.

Social Distancing and Hygiene Required. All businesses permitted to operate, including Life-Sustaining Businesses and businesses conducting Minimum Basic Operations, must follow, to the fullest extent practicable, social distancing and hygiene guidance from the CDC and the Kentucky Department of Public Health. Failure to do so is a violation of this Order, and could subject said business to closure or additional penalties as authorized by law. Social distancing and hygiene guidance includes:
a. ensuring physical separation of employees and customers by at least six feet when possible;
b. ensuring employees practice appropriate hygiene measures, including regular, thorough handwashing or access to hand sanitizer;
c. regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and
d. permitting employees to work from home when feasible; and
e. identifying any sick employees and ask them to leave the premises. Employers are strongly encouraged to offer these employees paid leave.
Employer Resources | Family First Response Act

All employers are encouraged to review the new regulations found in H.R. 6201 The Family First Response Act Click on the link below to download the pdf: 

Barnes & Thornburg is offering a webinar tomorrow on this subject, Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10 am (Eastern).
Click on the link below:

Online Webinar - previously filmed by Fisher Phillips "Families First Covid-19 Act: What Employers Need to Know" Click on the link below:

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

BIA Builders | Teleconference Meeting

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM
BIA Remodelers | Teleconference Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 
Time: 3:00 PM
BIA Rental Issues | Teleconference Meeting

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020 
Time: 3:00 PM

Construction Industry Safety Coalition Recommendations: 
COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction
Watch Governor Beasher's Daily COVID-19 Live Updates and Past Updates

Facebook Live from the Governor's Facbook page:

Watch Mayor Greg Fischer's Daily COVID-19 Live Updates and Past Updates

Facebook Live from the Mayor's Facebook page:
BIA Scheduled Events:

  • May Member Networking Event U of L Baseball Game Cancelled
  • Jeptha Creed Member/Guest Mixer - Postponed
  • BICF Day of Service Postponed
  • BIA Day at the Downs - Postponed | New Date, Wednesday, September 2, 2020
  • Tour of New Homes - Cancelled
Continue to check our BIA COVID-19 FAQ page on our website for a quick reference to some of your questions. We will continue to update this information:
If you aren't already, please make sure you are following our social media platforms below:
Staff Email Addresses:
As a reminder, our office will be closed from Monday, March 16th through at least Friday, March 27, 2020. We will continue to assess the situation and follow recommendations from the CDC, the Governor’s office, the Kentucky Department of Health, as well as the Mayor’s office and Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness.
Juva Barber:
Natalie Allison:
Jan Andrews:
Rachael Armstrong:
Rachel Colangelo:
Robin Durham:
Katie Haller:
Stephenie Hood: