RCAW Members & Stakeholders:
The last 48-hours have been difficult and we have been working hard with legal counsel to disseminate and navigate the Stay-at-Home order that was issued on March 23, 2020.
We were notified last night that Governor Inslee has published further construction guidance superseding that of his initial 3/23 order and has further delineated his "essential industries" list and he has deemed both commercial and residential construction a non-essential business and
that does include roofing
Section 3 (Point d) of
does allow businesses to secure their jobsites and equipment following the order taking effect at midnight last night:
“For purposes of this Proclamation,
minimum basic operations are the minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of the business’ inventory, preserve the condition of the business’ physical plant and equipment, ensure security,
process payroll and employee benefits, facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences, and related functions.”
Beginning at midnight, Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020, when the order took effect, no construction will be allowed until at least April 8, 2020.
The only exceptions to the order allows for construction
in the following limited circumstances:
- Construction related to essential activities as described in the order.
- To further a public purpose related to a public entity or governmental function or facility, including but not limited to publicly financed low-income housing.
- To prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions, and address emergency repairs at both non-essential businesses and residential structures. (i.e. emergency leaks and repairs).
could also be extended.
Gov. Inslee is one of only two governors who have issued a statewide “Stay at Home” order that does not designate construction as “essential.”
The RCAW is working with legal counsel at this time to prepare an additional response and urges all contractors to make their feelings known to Governor Inslee.
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We stand with you knowing this is confusing and frustrating. Please contact us with your questions and as this situation changes or we receive more information and guidance be assured it will be passed on to you immediately.