BIA COVID-19 Update | 3/26/2020

Listening to all these daily press conferences can be quite depressing. It’s as if each day we lose one more small liberty that we didn’t even know we enjoyed until we were told we couldn’t do it anymore. Today, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s press conference was even more morose that normal. He discussed the severity of the situation in New York and repeatedly said that our city could find ourselves in a similar situation if we didn’t do one simple thing.
Practice safe social distancing.
Two weeks ago none of us knew the term. Now, we must become a master of the definition and the practice of social distancing. And I’m not just talking about at the grocery.
Construction and home maintenance are currently considered an essential business during this state of emergency. That means we are still able to work while many people are not. But in order to maintain that status, we MUST adhere to the CDC protocols.
This means, on job sites, everyone on the site must maintain a safe social distance of at least 6′ between one another and between trades. It means screening workings and prohibiting them from entering the site if they exhibit any symptoms of being sick including a fever or cough. It means providing hand washing stations on sites so everyone can wash their hands. It means posting signage notifying everyone that they are prohibited from entering the site if they are sick – no matter who they are. And it means taking steps like limiting the number of people that are on a job site at any one time.
This may be challenging but you MUST find a way to get your employees and/or your subcontractors to abide by these requirements. We will help as much as we can.
To view the CDC’s interim guidelines for dealing with COVID-19, click here.
To view a sample letter that can be edited and distributed to your employees and subcontractors click here.
For printable signage in Spanish and in English that prohibits sick people from entering the site, click here.
If your subcontractors or employees are concerned about being pulled over by law enforcement you can click here for a template of a Kentucky letter or click here for a template of an Indiana letter.
Yesterday, Governor Beshear signed an order relating to evictions. As soon as we can access that order we will review and make it available to you.
As an industry we are problem solvers. We’re flexible. We’re creative. Let’s use those skills to incorporate these new practices into our job-sites so we keep our employees and subs healthy and our industry working.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.
Juva Barber
BIA of Greater Louisville
502 458 0032 – mobile
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