LOCAL NEWS

Gov. Inslee relaxes restrictions on construction during stay-at-home order

Apr 24, 2020, 11:47 AM | Updated: 4:39 pm

Gov. Inslee announced Friday that he would be lifting some restrictions on construction work during the ongoing stay-at-home order, allowing it to resume provided job sites meet safety standards.

“We have found a way to safely allow low risk construction to resume,” Inslee said in a press conference. “We have been working toward this measure for some time.”

The governor detailed a 30-point coronavirus construction safety plan, with benchmarks contractors will need to clear in order to return to work.

The plan includes COVID-19 safety training for all workers, a site supervisor responsible for implementation, stringent sanitation requirements, and posted written notice of the work performed at job sites to this effect.

Work sites that don’t adhere to these guidelines could face being shutdown.

These new requirements take effect Friday.

This comes after the governor’s office convened a stakeholder group with representatives from the construction industry in early April, “to develop a plan that set high standards for when we were able to return to some of this work.” That group included workers, contractors, health and safety workers, and local government officials.

Gov. Inslee noted that similar stakeholder groups across a variety of industries will soon take shape as it becomes safe to reopen other businesses.

An exact timeline for reopening those businesses remains unclear.

“We cannot state unequivocally when other businesses can reopen,” he noted. “The date of reopening is not today — if we did this today, this virus would return with a vengeance.”

The Washington State Department of Health hinted Thursday that Gov. Inslee could soon relax restrictions on things like outdoor recreation and elective surgeries.

Local News

clearview...
Andrew Scheinthal, KIRO 7 News

Deputies: Murder suspect shot in Snohomish County after multi agency investigation

Members of the King County-based Valley SWAT team opened fire in a Snohomish County parking lot Monday, while pursing a murder suspect.
1 day ago
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan budget...
Hanna Scott

New budget from Seattle mayor spends big on affordable housing, boosts funds for public safety

In the final budget proposal of her administration, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan lays out spending for $190 million on affordable housing.
1 day ago
Greyhound lawsuit...
Dalton Day

Greyhound settles $2.2 million lawsuit over warrantless WA state immigration sweeps

Greyhound Lines Inc. will pay a $2.2 million lawsuit settlement over compliance in warrantless immigration sweeps conducted by CBP out of Spokane Intermodal Center.
1 day ago
Plastic bag ban...
Nick Bowman

After 15-month delay, Washington plastic bag ban set to take effect this week

Washington state's plastic bag ban is set to take effect on on Friday, Oct. 1, after a lengthy 15-month delay brought on by the pandemic.
1 day ago
construction strike, carpenters...
MyNorthwest Staff

Seattle-area carpenters return to picketing Monday, set to bargain this week

Picketing across Seattle by the Northwest Carpenters Union will resume Monday, following a temporary pause after some wildcat strikes.
1 day ago
Pfizer booster...
MyNorthwest Staff

Pfizer COVID vaccine booster available for certain individuals in Washington

Health officials are allowed to start giving booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain individuals in Washington.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
...
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
...
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.
Courtesy of JWatch Photography....
Experience Anacortes

Summer Fun Activities in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
...
By Alaska Airlines

Calling all football fans: follow Russell on the road

Take your Northwest spirit that we’re known for on the road this season with Alaska Airlines.
...
By Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.
Gov. Inslee relaxes restrictions on construction during stay-at-home order