SPOKANE, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Friday that low-risk construction can resume in Washington, one of the first steps the state is taking to slowly reopen the economy during the coronavirus crisis.
Construction projects were put on hold when Inslee issued a stay-at-home order on March 23 that deemed commercial and residential construction non-essential activities.
“I think this is a very thorough, and thoughtful, approach allowing construction to move forward,” Inslee said on Friday.
Corey Condron, owner of Spokane’s Condron Homes, said this is exactly what he has been waiting for.
“It feels good. The guys want to get back to work. I mean, they were getting paid, but they wanna work,” Condron said.
Inslee’s decision meant construction reopened right away on Friday, and Condron’s company took full advantage of this.
“They went back to work as soon as he mentioned that,” Condron said.
The governor put together a task force from the building industry, state workers and the trade unions to come up with safety recommendations. The recommendations given to him are posted on the Washington Building and Trades Council website and list a number of new guidelines to try and keep workers safe at job sites.
They include things like having a COVID-19 site supervisor to monitor the health of employees and to make sure a safety plan is followed. Workers would