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Governor Northam Announces New Mitigation Measures to Slow COVID-19 Spread

 

~ Virginians should stay at home from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., wear masks in indoor and outdoor settings, limit social gatherings to 10 ~

 

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced new, targeted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 as new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in all areas of the Commonwealth. Executive Order Seventy-Two directs Virginians to stay at home between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., implements a universal mask requirement, and lowers the limit on social gatherings from 25 people to 10 people. The order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14 and remain in place through January 31, 2021, unless rescinded or amended.

 

“New daily case numbers are higher than they have been at any previous point in the pandemic, and while the trends in Virginia are better than most of the country, we are taking action now to slow the spread of this virus before our hospitals get overwhelmed,” said Governor Northam. “We already have strong public health measures in place, and with these additional steps, we can turn this around. Virginians, if you don’t have to be out, stay at home. Whenever we are around other people, we all need to wear a mask, indoors and out.”

 

“These are common-sense things we can all do to take care of each other and stay safe. This is not about getting people in trouble—this is about everyone doing their part and reducing opportunities for people to get sick.”

 

The following mitigation measures will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 14:

 

·     Modified Stay at Home Order: All individuals in Virginia must remain at their place of residence between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Exceptions include obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work, and seeking medical attention.

 

·     Universal mask requirement: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings shared with others and when outdoors within six feet of another person. This order expands the current statewide mask mandate, which has been in place since May 29, and requires all individuals aged five and over to wear face coverings in indoor and outdoor public settings outside of their own household. These changes are consistent with new CDC guidelines, released December 4, which recommend universal wearing of face coverings.

 

·     Reduction in social gatherings: All social gatherings must be limited to 10 individuals, down from the current cap of 25 people. Social gatherings include, but are not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, regardless of whether they occur indoors or outdoors. This does not apply to religious services, employment settings, or educational settings. Restaurants and retail stores are already governed by strict social distancing requirements, and are not included in this limit.

 

·     Continued limits on dining establishments: Virginia restaurants are currently governed by strict social distancing and sanitization requirements, which remain in place. The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol remains prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight.

 

·     Teleworking: Employees that can telework are strongly encouraged to do so.

 

While Virginia’s new cases per capita remain lower than 43 other states, all of the Commonwealth’s five health regions are experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases, positive tests, and hospitalizations. Virginia is currently averaging more than 3,700 new COVID-19 cases per day, up from a statewide peak of approximately 1,200 in May. Statewide test positivity rate is at 11 percent, an increase from 7 percent approximately one month ago. More than 2,000 Virginians are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 statewide, an increase of over 80 percent in the last four weeks.

 

The full text of Executive Order Seventy-Two, which incorporates earlier Executive Orders Sixty-Three Sixty-Seven is available here.

 

For information about COVID-19 in Virginia, visit vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

 

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New Statewide Measures To Contain COVID-19

Governor Ralph Northam recently announced new actions to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Virginia. The new restrictions do not further limit the capacity at private offices and businesses, or place any further limitations on the home building and development industry.

The following measures took effect at midnight on Sunday, November 15:

  • Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
  • Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
  • Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
  • On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.

Should you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Hancock Greenfield at egreenfield@hbar.org.

 

Action Required for all Employers! New Department of Labor Emergency Regulations

The Department of Labor released updates (effective as of July 27) to enact official emergency workplace standards to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Businesses have 60 days to comply with these safety standards.

Department of Labor and Industry Emergency Regulations- HBAV Webinar Replay Available Now!

  • The Home Builders Association of Virginia held a webinar last week to review the emergency standard regulations, which apply to all employers in Virginia.
  • Companies have 30 to 60 days to implement these standards, based on their risk classification. Construction has been classified as medium risk.
  • For a copy of the webinar materials, presented by David Burton of Williams Mullen, click here. To access a replay of the program, click here and use this password: ^S4RDpS2
  • HBAR staff continues to work with local municipalities on all matters impacting local construction and development. Check the County Updates page of our website for the most up to date information for all of HBAR’s localities.
  • On the national level, NAHB is committed to keeping members informed on pandemic-related economic and legislative issues and is working to minimize the impact on the housing industry. Click here for the COVID-19 Resource Center.
  • HBAR is committed to your success. Your membership allowed us to fight to keep your job sites operational. Now more than ever, a strong association is vital to keep construction moving in the Richmond Region. If you’re not a member, contact us and find out what we can do for you. If you are already enjoying all of the benefits of membership, make sure you renew!

DOLI Emergency Regulation 

The Department of Labor and Industries (DOLI) Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program and the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board have adopted emergency temporary standard for: Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19, §16VAC25-220.

  • Employers’ Obligations to Employees Effective the Week of July 27, 2020

DOLI Resources

Updated Job Site Coronavirus Guidance Includes New Advice for Face Coverings, Visitors

PRINT and POST these posters at your job sites and work places as a constant reminder. Please use these resources to help navigate your business challenges, and above all else, stay safe and healthy as we work through this time together.

10-Pt Plan for Safety on the Jobsite poster English: 10-pt Plan (English)  and Spanish: 10-pt Plan (Spanish) 

Prevent Corona Virus/Handwashing: English: Prevent Corona Virus (English)  and Spanish: Prevent Corona Virus (Spanish).

CDC safety poster can be found here: English and Spanish.

Also,  the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) has provided a list of materials (see links below) you can post to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to your job sites and work places.

The CDC has other posters and materials in large sizes (English and Spanish) that can help keep you and your sites safe HERE.

Resources in English

Resources in Spanish

COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction

NAHB is a leading member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), which has provided a detailed plan to outline the steps that every employer and employee can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. CLICK HERE FOR RESOURCES FOR JOB SITES (English and Spanish versions)
SBA Low-interest Disaster Loans: CLICK HERE for information and details on how to apply (info also attached)

How to Clean Your Phone to Help Protect Against Coronavirus It’s one thing to stop touching your face. It’s another to stop touching the things that touch your face. CLICK HERE for article from the NY Times

Links to important information for easy access:

UPDATE - May 6th, 2020

NAHB has published a video toolbox talk that demonstrates proper safety precautions for workers on a home building job site to prevent the transmission of the new coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness.

The video, available in English and Spanish, is intended to provide live examples of guidance NAHB has provided to members during the coronavirus crisis, including materials created for the COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down held April 16.

Many residential construction firms have been allowed to continue work throughout the state shutdowns, and all states will allow construction activities to resume shortly. Every indication is that the new coronavirus threat will not be going away any time soon, however, and proper virus transmission safety will need to be followed for the foreseeable future.

Protecting all construction workers will depend on following basic infection prevention measures such as practicing good personal hygiene and following job-site safety practices to prevent the spread of the virus.

Examples of practices demonstrated in the video that are specific to the construction industry include:

  • Clean shared spaces such as trailers and break/lunchrooms at least once per day
    Disinfect shared surfaces (door handles, machinery controls, etc.) on a regular basis
  • Avoid sharing tools with co-workers. If not, disinfect before and after each use
    In the absence of N95 respirators, protect workers from dust using work control methods
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining six feet between each worker, when possible
    Use cloth face protectors and masks to prevent virus transmission
  • These videos were developed in conjunction with the Job-Site Safety Institute and the National Housing Endowment.

Watch the video here, and visit the video toolbox talk page for the Spanish version and a one-page handout for workers.

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