COVID-19 Hits Construction Industry

Is your project Exempt?

On Thursday, March 19, 2020 Gov. Tom Wolf included construction services as part of “all non-life-sustaining businesses” in Pennsylvania and asked all Contractors to secure their project sites and suspend all further activity as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

In response to Governor Wolf’s order to shut down construction sites in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections extended the time for construction sites to close by Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. in Philadelphia ONLY.

Exempted from the order are:

  • Routine maintenance and repair of existing buildings.
  • Emergency systems repair, and replacement performed by a licensed contractor with permits, as required, for items such as roof repair, plumbing leaks, hot water heater replacement and fire safety systems repair.

Groups and Advocates representing the construction industry are working with the Governor and the Department of Communication and Economic Development to clarify and possibly grant waivers to specific construction industries such as health care and individual projects that fall into a possible “grey” area as the order is clarified. These same groups and advocates argue construction workers already wear protective gear such as gloves and masks. Avison Young Project Management is in close communication with your General Contractors and continues to monitor, daily, all COVID-19 news affecting your projects. 

The electronic waiver application is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website or find it here. Businesses can also call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3255) and select option 1.

Review your State’s Department of Community and Economic Development website for more information on Construction activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.