Texas Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement & Limit to Gatherings
July 2, 2020: Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. Click here for details.
Click here for Executive Order GA-29 which exempts certain counties in Texas from face covering requirements.
Harris County Face Covering Order Extended
June 30, 2020: the following mandate has been extended until August 26...
June 19, 2020: beginning Monday June 22 through Tuesday June 30, unless extended, all employees and visitors to commercial businesses/facilities must wear face coverings when "in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public." Commercial entities must post this policy in conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees and visitors of all health and safety requirements (here's a sample posting). Click here to see Harris County's guidance for mitigating the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace. Click here to download the complete executive order.
Harris County Provides Reopening Guidance for Construction Workforce
May 21, 2020: The construction industry and a healthy construction workforce are vital to the Harris County economy. Construction companies, construction sites, and construction workers are strongly encouraged to take the following steps to protect the health of their workers and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Harris County: Click here to access guidance document.
CDC Provides Reopening Guidance
April 30, 2020: This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Click here for CDC Resources.
AGC of America Offers COVID-19 Resources for Employers
AGC has assembled general guidance and links to information from our federal agency partners and health organizations. AGC will continue to monitor the situation and update the information on this page accordingly. https://www.agc.org/coronavirus-covid-19
April 6, 2020: New Small Business Administration Loan Guidance Appears To Exclude Many Construction Firms That Employ Fewer Than 500 People: click here for details. Update April 7, 2020: the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued guidance in response to AGC’s concerns regarding the SBA Paycheck Protection Program eligibility criteria, found HERE.
AGC's Comprehensive Analysis of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
March 27, 2020: AGC of America’s government relations team has combed through the details of the coronavirus relief bill set for passage in the House. They provided this initial analysis of what is in the bill and how it will impact the construction industry. We will, of course, share even more details as we continue to comb through the measure.
AGC Member, Andrews Myers, offered this chart related to emergency leave and FMLA (click chart to download):
OSHA 3394 - English : Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus
OSHA 3395 - Spanish : Diez Medidas que Todos los Lugares de Trabajo Pueden Tomar para Prevenir la Exposición al Coronavirus
AGC of America's National Safety Stand Down Resources (includes tool box talks, job site posters, and more!)
Houston-Area Counties Define Construction as Essential Business
March 24, 2020: A huge win for our industry! Commercial Construction is listed as an essential business under "Infrastructure, Development, Operation and Construction" of the Harris County "Stay Home, Work Safe" order. Construction in Houston will remain open for business, however it is important to continue following COVID-19 safety protocols at all times.
Other counties in our area who have followed suit: Galveston County, Fort Bend County, Liberty County,
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Resources for Operating Businesses Under "Exemption" Classification
AGC Member, Cokinos|Young, offers template language for use on construction jobsites in Harris and Galveston counties and for "essential business" employees to carry on their person.
Greater Houston Partnership offers employee access language for use by all essential employees. They have also created a badge employers can place outside of their businesses. Click here for GHP guidelines for "Work Safe" companies.
The following AGC members offer printing services for any necessary jobsite signage, including CDC recommended signage. Contact one of the following for assistance:
ARC - Charlie Turco (281-928-4596)
Triangle Printing and Marketing - Chuck Winfree (832-499-4349)
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