We are living in unprecedented times.
Various governmental agencies are attempting to limit large gatherings of people due to the Corona Virus. They have encouraged employers to utilize telecommuting where possible for their employees.
At ABC SEMI, we want to be good citizens who are not only limiting the exposure and risk to our employees, but also playing a role to stop community spread of the disease. As such, ABC will continue to operate, but we have initiated only light coverage in the office, while having our employees do much of their work remotely. We have had the capabilities to work off-site already due to the nature of our work, so the interruption should only be limited.
In order to keep our students and members safe we have taken the precaution of postponing a number of ABC SEMI/SEMCA events including but not limited to the Meet the Generals event, SEMCA Graduation Ceremony and ABC SEMI Excellence in Construction Awards. All ABC SEMI/SEMCA meetings and committees will be postponed as well unless online or teleconference options have been implemented or otherwise instructed directly by ABC SEMI or SEMCA.
As a construction trade association, frankly, our concern right now is focused on our members themselves. Telecommuting isn’t much of an option for construction workers in the field. So far, we’ve not seen widespread closures of worksites, but companies should be making contingency plans in the event either owners or government agencies stop the work.
We’ve been told in some communities, permitting and inspections have been limited, which has the impact of slowing or stopping construction projects. Hopefully, this will only occur in limited circumstances, but it’s impossible to know given the sudden and unexpected events of the past few weeks.
ABC National is providing a series of technical resources to help construction companies to weather the storm. We’ve attached that guidance below.
It appears that restricted public events and gatherings will be the new norm for a while. The CDC suggests that we can expect these kinds of disruptions for at least the next eight weeks. Even then, it will likely take a while before things are back to the way we are accustomed to living.
Let us know if we can help you in any way during these challenging times ahead.