Up to Date COVID-19 Information
Governor Mike DeWine issued an order shutting down non-essential businesses, effective 11:59 p.m. on Monday March 23, 2020, through 11:59p.m. on Monday April 6, 2020 in response to the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19). The order, linked here, provides a comprehensive list of the businesses that are deemed essential and will be permitted to stay open. Construction is not shutting down in Ohio.
However, businesses remaining open must take specified steps to ensure the safety of employees and others who will be on the premises.
The order includes a number of exemptions to shutting down non-essential business operations; most construction is included in an exemption in one way or another, particularly as all of the exempted categories “shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts” to operations.
For example, one exempted category is “Essential Infrastructure,” which specifically permits construction generally, including but not limited to, construction required in response to COVID-19, hospital construction, long-term care facility construction, public works construction, school construction, essential business construction, and housing construction.
Also, because utilities, sewer, water, solid waste, road, highway, rail and public transportation are all included in the definition of Essential Infrastructure, construction and other services related to those projects, including to operate, maintain, or repair them, are expressly exempt from the shutdown.
Additionally, construction necessary to support “Essential Businesses and Operations”—and all businesses in their supply chains—is permitted; this includes but is not limited to grocery stores; pharmacies; businesses in any way involved food, beverage, licensed marijuana and agriculture; organizations providing charitable and social services; religious organizations; media organizations; transportation services and gas stations (including auto repair and equipment and construction equipment); financial and insurance institutions; educational institutions; restaurants (for off-site consumption); any support for Essential Businesses and Operations; residential construction; professional services; hotels and motels, and more—the list of exemptions is quite extensive. Further, Critical Trades is a specific exemption permitting construction services by plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and anything necessary to maintaining safety, sanitation, and essential operations.
The order also requires individuals stay inside their homes unless engaging in specific activities that include, but are not limited to, exercise, going to work at essential businesses or businesses that are exempt from the order, caring for others, seeking medical attention, or getting necessary supplies and services.
All businesses remaining open should continue to take precautions, including maximizing all remote and virtual work and meeting capabilities where possible without compromising the company or individuals’ ability to perform the exempt or essential business functions and continuing to follow all federal, state, CDC, and Ohio Department of Health recommendations where possible including, at a minimum:
- Maintaining 6 foot distances between individuals and workstations;
- Disinfecting and cleaning all surfaces and equipment—particularly those in shared work spaces—at least daily if not more frequently and encouraging employees to do so on their own as well;
- Providing soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes to employees and encouraging proper use, including before any meals;
- Keeping only the required staff necessary to perform the exempt and essential functions on any site, in any trailer, or in any work area;
- Not holding toolbox talks or in-person meetings or gatherings at all and using video or web-conferencing, but when necessary, keeping such meetings to 10 people or less, holding them outside, and maintaining 6 ft distances between people;
- Discontinuing use of community water, coffee, or food;
- Encouraging employees to take temperatures at home each morning or take temperatures at each job site and require any employees exhibiting any symptoms to leave the job site;
- Discouraging handshakes;
- Reminding employees to avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth, and face;
- Reminding employees to wash and disinfect all PPE and wash and disinfect their hands after handling it;
- Reminding employees to wash clothing and reflective gear regularly; and
- Prohibiting food delivery services on job sites.
We are continuing to develop strategies for our members to ensure compliance with this order, safeguard the health and safety of their employees and work sites, and maximize the productivity of exempt and essential business activities.
If you have specific questions or concerns, please call 330-762-9951.
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COVID-19 County Office & Policy Closures
As of March 24, 2020
COVID-19 Ohio County Office Policies and Closures list Counties in Alphabetical Order.
SANEO has created a link page with county closures. We will continue to post known closures and procedural changes with county offices.
This information is important in order to obtain building permits, filing notices of commencement, notices of furnishing, mechanic’s liens and all other recorded documents.
Keep the link below handy so you can check back periodically as the information is continually changing.
Counties Listed: Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Geauga, Greene, Hamilton, Hocking, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Montgomery, Pickaway, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Van Wert.
If you, personally, know of any additional changes or closures please contact
SANEO Executive Director,Jodie Oates, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Essential Business Customizable Card
Yesterday, Jon Husted, the current lieutenant governor of Ohio, stated that no form or card is necessary in order to work in compliance with the Essential Business order.
Today we received report of local a Ohio health department official showing up on a construction job-site and threatening to close it down because the work was not “essential”. If the local health departments—which are part of the Stay-At-Home enforcement apparatus—don’t fully understand what “essential” means, then there is cause for concern.
I wanted to provide you with another tool you can provide your employees to carry with them when performing essential construction activity.
This simple card (COVID-19 wallet card in pdf format) may help provide enforcement officials with the information necessary to prove that the work you are doing has been designated as “Essential Business”.
As we all learn to navigate this together we cannot have too much information.
All construction of any kind has been deemed essential, in itself. From a service call for a residential client to a $100M industrial project, construction is essential.
However, you must comply with the safety precautions to mitigate the spread of
Many insurance companies are coming out and claiming that Business Income claims will not/may not be covered in this Pandemic. One of the main causes of this is insurance carriers state that in order for coverage for a business income claim to trigger, direct physical damage needs to occur at the business location or dependent property location.
Some policies also have exclusions for Bacteria and Viruses in the policy on all lines of coverage. Recently there have been numerous lawsuits filed throughout the country with attorneys claiming that Covid19 does constitute physical damage at a location and insurance carriers should be obligated to pay.
The landscape is changing daily for this topic. I have also attached some items that maybe helpful for SANEO members.
An interesting bill has been introduced. House Bill 589 would require insurers who offer business interruption insurance to cover losses attributable to viruses and pandemics and to declare an emergency. “Fortunately, there is little support for this concept in the Ohio General Assembly at this time. The Chairs of the House and Senate Insurance Committees do not support it. Members of majority leadership in both chambers understand it is a bad idea. The bill is introduced by a freshman legislator and a term-limited legislator, both in the minority caucus.” says Michael Farley VP, Government Affairs and General Counsel with the OII.