Safety Remains Paramount to Keep Austin Building
A big Thank You to everyone who participated in the AGC and NAHB Safety Stand Down events. We have shared that information, and will continue to promote your efforts. 
The DSD is pleased that the industry is working together and taking safety seriously, but the pressure remains. Below is an example of safety protocols document shared by HBA Member, Cumby Construction. We would love to share any resources you may have in place via our email alerts, website and social media with our Membership.
Governor Orders "Safe and Strategic" Reopening of Select Services in Texas
On April 17, Governor Abbott released a two new Executive Order that include steps to reopen the State. Within the Orders GA-15 and GA-16, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen using a "Retail-To-Go" model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Additionally, the Governor has established the Strike Force to Open Texas — a team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas.
CISA Releases Memorandum 3.0 on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Version During COVID-19 Response
The advisory list 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. 

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.  
Businesses with Under 500 Employees MUST Post This!

As businesses begin to reopen, it is required that those with under 500 employees post the poster found below regarding Federal Employee Rights and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Your HBA Staff, Board and other volunteer Members,
continue to work diligently to advocate on behalf of all HBA Members
to keep the construction industry moving so our community has safe housing.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice, nor be the authority on COVID-19
updates, and we cannot guarantee real-time updates on every matter. We provide this
information as a courtesy for you to use in conjunction with your due diligence.