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.
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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
- Outreach, Education and Training for the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard, 16VAC25-22
- Text of Regulation
- Training Certification Form (Note: this link will direct you to the DOLI Resource Center where this form can be found)
- Nine Steps to Achieve COVID-19 ETS Compliance
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Training Presentation
- Hazard Assessment (Note: this link will direct you to the DOLI Resource Center where this information can be found)
- Infectious Disease Plan Template (Note: this link will direct you to the DOLI Resource Center where this information can be found)
- Lower Risk Training
- Toolbox Talks
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.
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
- CISC Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction
- Jobsite safety poster
- Jobsite safety poster (Large – 11×17)
- NAHB Encourages Members to Donate Masks to Fight Coronavirus
Resources in Spanish
- CISC Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction (Spanish)
- OSHA: COVID-19 (Spanish)
- Jobsite safety poster (Spanish)
- Jobsite safety poster (Large – 11×17 – Spanish)
COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan for Construction
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:
- Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) COVID-19 County Updates
- Home Builders Association of Virginia (HBAV) COVID-19 Resources Links
- Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR) COVID-19 Resource Page
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Information for Real Estate Professionals and Builders regarding Model Homes and Property Showings (COVID-19)
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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