Navigating through the Coronavirus has become a daunting process and CAM is here to help you understand how this may affect your business with the building permits process.
First, please ensure that you are following the Center for Disease Controls (CDC) precautionary measures when keeping your business open and your employees safe. You can find these measures here. It will give you the best instructions on steps to prevent the illness, what to do if you or an employee becomes sick and what you can do to keep your community safe.
To date, Governor Walz has not outlined an executive order for handling the Coronavirus with the construction industry. It is important when considering a project where your employees will be working in close proximity that you follow guidelines outlined by the CDC including keeping everyone at least 6 feet away from each other and having hand sanitizer for employees at the worksite. Governor Walz has also extended unemployment benefits for employees affected by the Cornonavirus. You can find more information here. There is no guarantee that an employee will be able to draw unemployment benefits. It is recommended that your business start making plans on how an employee who contracts the virus will be paid. PLEASE SEE FURTHER COMMUNICATION FROM GOVERNOR WALZ BELOW.
You will find a press release below from the Department of Labor and Industry on obtaining permits and inspections. The League of Minnesota Cities has also proffered guidelines for cities on how to maintain essential services. You will find a link to the League’s suggestions in the communication below. Please note that these are only suggestions, municipalities are allowed to make their own guidelines. Housing First has also been compiling a list of cities and how they are providing timely permits and inspections You can find a list of the cities and what they are doing here.
With all of this said, it is important to maintain normal business as usual as possible by following the recommendation of the CDC.
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