At 5:30 p.m. today, Gov. Inslee issued a stay-at-home order; this order takes effect on Wednesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. and will go for at least two weeks. See the order here »

This order is in addition to those already issued that limited or closed dine-in restaurants, schools, salons, and gyms with bans on gatherings of 10+ people. 
What does this new directive mean for home builders?

Under the Order “construction workers who support … construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction)” are listed as an “essential service.” 

Based upon this language, homebuilders and remodelers may continue with operations while the stay-at-home order is in effect. 

BIAW recommends, all companies that plan to continue to operate jobsites add these hygiene precautions to the usual safety requirements for workers: 

  1. Continue social distancing of six feet 
  2. Wash hands frequently and do not touch your face 
  3. Wear gloves on jobsite 
  4. Utilize jobsite best practices and 10-Point Plan for Building a Safer Job Site documents

Employers should also provide employees with a letter with your company name, contact, and statement that they are your employee working on your construction jobsite. Workers should always have the letter and their employee identification on them when commuting to and from jobsites.

Businesses not included in the list of essential services are required to have employees work remotely. 

In accordance with the order, beginning Thursday morning, BIAW's offices will be closed. However, BIAW staff will still be available working remotely. Email will be easier and the timeliest way to connect with our staff.

For additional resources on COVID-19, please visit BIAW’s resource page »
Any questions? Please contact Jan Himebaugh, [email protected] or 425-577-1518.
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