COVID

This guidance, including sample documents, is provided here to help you comply with the Governor’s Reopening Guidance for Business and Workers.

CURRENT STATUS OF CONSTRUCTION

As of Feb. 12, 2021: The construction industry continues to remain open and is required to continue to adhere to the Construction COVID-19 Job Site Requirements first introduced in May 2020. 

Failure to comply with jobsite safety requirements could result in a jobsite being shut down, potential legal liability, safety fines, or loss of license.

Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery

On Jan. 11, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” proclamation, detailing his plan for a regional approach to reopening Washington’s economy.

At this time, most regions, with the exception of South Central,  are in Phase 2 of the  with approved activities and restrictions as outlined in the Governor’s Healthy Washington Roadmap plan.

Phase II allows:

  • Social and at-home indoor gatherings of a maximum of five people from outside your household, limit of two households.
  • Social and at-home outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 15 people from no more than two households.
  • Indoor dining at 25% of capacity.
  • Wedding and funeral ceremonies, indoor receptions, wakes or similar gatherings, following appropriate venue requirements. No dancing. Food and beverage requirements must be followed.
  • Looser restrictions for sports and fitness facilities.
  • Maximum of 200 or 25% capacity (whichever is lower) for indoor entertainment facilities like aquariums, indoor theaters, indoor bowling, etc.
  • Groups of 15, limit two households per group, maximum 200, including spectators for events at various outdoor entertainment venues.

Read more about Phase I and Phase II here.

The Department of Health will release reports on regions’ readiness to advance through the phases every other week and significant updates will be posted here as warranted.

Additional guidance for businesses and employees is available here.

Expanded PPP loans

The US Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw Loans from January 11- March 31, 2021. For more information about the PPP and SBA Lender Match on the SBA PPP website.

Jobsite Safety

The Governor’s Construction COVID-19 Jobsite Requirements (Issued on May 12, 2020 and last updated 1/11/2021), authorized all construction to resume, including those activities for which social distancing may not be maintained and new construction projects.

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Jobsite Safety Plan Template

A Jobsite Safety Plan, signed by the contractor, must be developed for every jobsite. This plan must also be produced at the request of any employee or regulator. The following is a complete Jobsite Safety Plan template for you to customize for each of your jobsites:

Job Hazard Analysis

The COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Requirements require you to complete a Job Hazard Analysis on every jobsite where there are moderate and high-risk task levels.

Required Jobsite Postings

The COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Requirements mandate that you post on each jobsite, publicly viewable at all times, the following information.

  • Required hygienic practices (like those found on this CDC Poster): Don’t touch face with unwashed hands or with gloves; wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, machines, shared tools, elevator control buttons, and doorknobs; cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well as other hygienic recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Name and contact information for the COVID-19 Supervisor(s)

Jobsite Training

Every employee must receive an initial COVID 19-specific Training Session. In addition, weekly COVID-19 safety talks are required under the COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Requirements. Below is a sample for the initial training session and log-in sheet to kick off your return to work:

 

Additional Resources

Updated: 2/12/2021