The construction industry in Pennsylvania resumed operations on May 1, 2020, under Governor Wolf’s order after the shutdown resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Despite reopening, all construction businesses must follow certain guidelines during operations to counter the spread of the virus. The following provides details about reopening, continuing, or beginning projects.
Residential construction projects are not permitted to have more than four people at a job site at any one time. This limit includes the employees of prime and sub-contractors but excludes delivery persons, code inspectors, and other individuals who require only temporary access to the project and are not directly involved in the construction activity.
Any enclosed commercial construction project spanning 2,000 square feet or less is prohibited from having more than four people present at the job site. Like residential project restrictions, this limit includes the employees of prime and sub-contractors but excludes delivery persons, code inspectors, and other individuals who require only temporary access to the project and are not directly involved in the construction activity. One distinction is that for every 500 square feet above 2,000, one additional person is allowed may be present on a commercial construction site.
Another is that commercial construction businesses are advised to formulate a written safety plan that outlines the procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the project for each job site, and is shared with all workers.
In addition to the above restrictions, all Pennsylvania construction projects must:
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