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Existing “low-risk” construction projects to resume under new WA state requirements

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Washington state Governor Jay Inslee announced today, April 24th, that effective Monday, April 27th, construction can resume on some existing construction sites.

The announcement today referred to this as “Phase I” of construction restart after the governor’s “Stay home, Stay safe” order that deemed most construction a non-essential activity that had to cease in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

The fundamental requirement for defining existing residential and commercial construction projects as “low-risk” was that work activities do not require workers to be closer than 6 feet.

If a work activity requires workers to be closer than six-feet, it is not considered low-risk and is not authorized. Adherence to the physical distancing requirement and the health and safety points below will be strictly enforced.

City of Ferndale issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement.

Mayor Greg Hansen is grateful that the Governor has listened to our repeated requests to restart construction in a safe and responsible way and this is a good start. 

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Earlier this week, City of Ferndale officials had announced they would allow some construction existing projects to resume as long as social distancing was observed and, in some cases, only one worker would be allowed on a construction site at a time.

Below is the full text of the “Phase I” safety guidelines released by the governor’s office today.


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