The Coronavirus continues to spread in communities across the nation, sparking unprecedented actions by government in an effort to stop the pandemic. One such action was a mandatory statewide shelter-in-place order issued by the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. The order impacts nearly 40 million California residents.

This went into effect on March 19, but many counties had instituted similar orders locally. You can read the complete language of the order as published in Executive Order N-33-20

What this means

California residents must stay at home while the order is in affect unless they are needed to maintain the operation of critical and essential services. Currently this includes vital government services, schools, childcare, construction and housing construction. This order has no end date and is in effect until further notice.

Learn more about identifying critical infrastructure during the Coronavirus outbreak.

What types of companies will be open?

There are some companies that are still open during this timeframe. Essential services including gas stations, pharmacies, food services, banks, laundromats and laundry services can remain open.  Food services are restricted however, with only takeout and delivery restaurants remaining open. Grocery stores, farmer markets, food banks and convenience stores are also still allowed to operate.

How does this impact construction companies?

Construction companies, including housing construction, are still allowed to operate under the shelter-in-place order. This means employees are allowed to travel to and from worksites and perform work as usual. The decision to delay construction and close job sites rests entirely with the contractor. You’re encouraged to take reasonable precautions as recommended by official sources

The Coronavirus situation is rapidly evolving, so information regarding orders such as this may change quickly as well. We will continue to follow and share information as it impacts our industry, but always check your local news for the most up to date information.

The material presented here is educational in nature and is not intended to be, nor should be relied upon, as legal or financial advice. Please consult with an attorney or financial professional for advice.