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 March 31, 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.

Construction eligible for vaccines!

The entire construction industry is eligible for COVID-19 vaccines effective March 31. This includes everyone who works in the construction industry, including administrative staff.

You are no longer required to use the state’s online eligibility tool to provide proof of eligibility to get your vaccination. You can find vaccine appointments via the DOH Vaccine Locator site: VaccinateWA.  Everyone over the age of 16 will be eligible for the vaccine starting May 1, 2021.

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.

On March 11, Gov. Inslee announced he was returning to a county-by-county approach to reopening and moved all counties to Phase 3.

What’s allowed in Phase 3?

  • In-person spectators at events with outdoor venues with permanent seating with capacity capped at 25 %. This affects professional and high school sports as well as motorsports, rodeos and other outdoor spectator events. Social distancing and face masks are still required.
  • Up to 400 people maximum at outdoor activities as well as events in indoor facilities—as long as this doesn’t exceed 50% capacity for the location and physical distancing and masking protocols are enforced.
  • 25% occupancy—or 9,000 people max—at larger venue events, whichever is lower, as long as they follow spectator guidelines.
  • Up to 50% occupancy or 400 people maximum, whichever is lower, for all indoor spaces. This applies to all industries and indoor activities currently allowed. Restaurants, gyms and fitness centers and movie theaters, among others, may all increase their capacity.

More information to come

The Governor’s office said he will release a full list of industry-level changes for the new phase soon.

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: 3/30/2021