Total coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,800,000+
- Michigan has resumed residential and commercial construction as part of its first phase of reopening the economy.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo releases plan to reopen parts of the state after May 15, which would allow some construction to resume. Over 5,200 construction sites have reopened in New York City and must follow social distancing guidelines.
- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order relaxing deadlines for environmental permits during the coronavirus outbreak.
- In California, Bay Area counties have allowed all construction projects to resume in the region.
- Boston now requires contractors to submit a safety plan and sign a sworn affidavit to fulfill that plan before they can proceed with work, although no reopening date is in sight yet for non-essential construction.
- Washington Gov. Inslee to allow some construction to resume with safety requirements.
Click on a state below to get further information, which will be updated periodically.
Blue – Construction has been deemed essential and can continue.
Green – No statewide order is in place, or restrictions on business have been easing up considerably.
Yellow – Some restrictions on construction are in place throughout the whole state or in major regions.
Cases in Alabama currently approach 16,000, according to its government’s website. A “restrictive order” is in place, but it falls short of a stay-at-home order. Alabama’s stay-at-home order has expired and some businesses have been allowed to reopen at 50% capacity. Construction work and contractors are deemed essential in the state, but some private employers have stopped projects. According to Birmingham Business Journals, the new Facebook Data Center project has been slowed immensely due to COVID-19, with activities significantly reduced on the site to prevent an outbreak. However, work on Mazda Toyota plant in Huntsville has continued.
Over 400 people in Alaska have tested positive for coronavirus, according to its state department of health. A “social distancing” mandate is in place — banning some travel within the state, according to Anchorage Daily News. Gov. Dunleavy reopened the state on April 24, with varying restrictions based on county. Construction is so far still deemed essential in the state. No major projects have been halted yet, including the $2 billion Port of Alaska modernization project.
Arizona has close to 18,000 cases of coronavirus so far, according to its government website. A “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order is in place until May 15. Construction work is deemed essential under the order, and the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall is still underway, National Geographic says.
Over 6,000 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Arkansas, according to its state website. No state-wide mandate to stay at home has been ordered by Gov. Hutchinson. Construction is still deemed essential. Non-essential businesses have been closed and groups cannot gather in numbers larger than 10, so contractors can proceed with work as long as they follow distancing guidelines. Work will continue the I-30 corridor project through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock.
According to its government website, there are close to 101,000 cases of coronavirus in California. A state-wide shelter-in-place order has been issued, and non-essential businesses must stay home. Gov. Newsom has not set an end date and said that he will work with the governors of Oregon and Washington to reopen the economy once six benchmarks have been reached. Modoc, Sutter and Yuba counties have issued orders to reopen businesses. Some construction has been deemed essential, with commercial construction not receiving the nod. SoFi Stadium Construction has continued as a worker tests positive for coronavirus, according to the LA Times. The high-speed rail project between Las Vegas and Los Angeles will continue as well as Universal Studios Hollywood construction in accordance with guidelines. In Northern California, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin counties have resumed work on all construction after halting it through April. Disney has also halted all construction projects during coronavirus closure, according to The Sacramento Bee.
There are close to 25,000 cases in Colorado, according to its government website. Gov. Polis issued a state-wide stay-at-home order through April 26 that expired for a “Safer at Home” order. Some offices have reopened at 50% capacity. During this time, construction work has been deemed essential. No major projects have been delayed so far. Work continues on a new Marriot-branded hotel and a multiuse stadium for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, a USL Championship soccer team, according to Gazette.
There are nearly 42,000 cases of coronavirus in Connecticut, according to its government website. A “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order was issued until April 22 but has been extended until May 20. Construction is still deemed essential for the following categories: (i) all skilled trades such as electricians, HVAC, and plumbers, (ii) general construction, both commercial and residential, (iii) other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes, (iv) planning, engineering, design, bridge inspection, and other construction support activities. So far, major projects delayed include the Sacred Heart University Ice Hockey Arena.
According to the Washington Post, there are close to 8,500 cases of coronavirus in D.C. Mayor Bowyer has issued a stay-at-home order until May 15, but construction work has received essential status during its duration. Work on Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge by Nationals Park is continuing.
Delaware currently has close to 9,100 cases of the coronavirus, according to its state website. Gov. Carney has issued a stay-at-home order until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated, if before. Construction work is deemed essential at this time. No major projects have been halted.
There are close to 53,000 cases of coronavirus in Florida, according to its state website. Construction was deemed essential during the stay-at-home order issued until April 30, and the state has partially reopened businesses. Allegiant has also ceased spending on non-airline projects, including construction projects, according to Herald Tribune. Work on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines headquarters building at the Port of Miami and the University of Miami UHealth Care center in North Miami has been delayed indefinitely. Some major projects are continuing as planned. Universal Studios Orlando has continued construction. Virgin Trains USA is moving forward with construction on a route between Orlando and West Palm. Construction on beachfront condos on Ocean Avenue is proceeding. Construction on the I-395 continues. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is moving forward with parking lot repairs and fuel farm construction but is shelving projects like signage improvements and a renovation of the third floor.
There are close to 43,000 cases of coronavirus in Georgia. Gov. Kemp issued a shelter at home order until April 30, but construction is deemed essential. With the order in place, essential workers, including in the construction industry, must follow proper coronavirus guidelines to prevent the spread. Work continues on Georgia Power’s nuclear expansion project at Plant Vogtle, which had a worker test positive for coronavirus. Construction on I-20 continues near the border of South Carolina and Georgia. The University of Georgia is still working on construction for its football stadium expansion, but work has been slowed due to the coronavirus, an athletic director told 24/7 Sports.
There are over 630 cases of coronavirus in Hawaii. Gov. David Ige’s stay-at-home order is in place until May 31. Construction has been deemed essential in the state, and work on some projects is continuing.
There are close to 2,700 cases of coronavirus in Idaho. A stay-at-home order was initially issued by Gov. Brad Little until April 15, but was extended through April 30. The state has begun the process of reopening, and the next phase will commence on May 16. Commercial and public works construction are both deemed essential, but Blaine County has shut down commercial and residential construction. Road construction will continue, but some contractors are opting to shut down projects during the virus.
There are close to 115,000 cases of coronavirus in Illinois. A stay-at-home order is in place until May 30. Construction work included in the essential designation is, but not limited to, construction required in response to this public health emergency, hospital construction, construction of long-term care facilities, public works construction, and housing construction. The Chicago Tribune has reported that construction is starting on McCormick Place field hospital. Road work will also continue, officials say.
There are over 33,000 cases of coronavirus in Indiana. Gov. Holcomb’s stay-at-home order is in place until April 20, but it is likely that it will be extended until early May to reopen with other Midwestern states. “Critical trades” like building and construction, plumbing, electricians, and operating engineers have been given essential status.
There are close to 19,000 cases of coronavirus in Iowa. There is no stay-at-home order in place in any county in the state, and construction work has not been shut down in the state. Non-essential businesses can reopen on April 30. Road work and other projects are continuing.
There are close to 9,500 cases of coronavirus in Kansas. The state has entered a phased reopening, which started on May 4. Construction has been deemed essential. Road projects are continuing.
There are over 9,000 cases of coronavirus in Kentucky. There is a “healthy-at-home” order in effect, only directing life-sustaining businesses to remain open. The order is currently indefinite. Construction has been deemed essential at this time. The Portland Investment Initiative is set to begin construction in April 2020.
There are close to 39,000 cases of coronavirus in Louisiana. A stay-at-home order is in effect until May 15, when phase one of reopening will begin. Construction has been deemed essential, and some contractors are continuing work during this time. A contract worker at the Bayer Luling facility’s main plant has died of coronavirus, where a construction site is active.
There are over 2,100 cases of coronavirus in Maine. A stay-at-home order has been issued by Gov. Janet Mills until at least May 15 and maintains that all public-facing nonessential businesses must close. Some construction is deemed essential at this time, but worksites can remain open since they are not open to the public, according to the Press Herald. Contractors that remain open must follow distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Reed & Reed, the contractor on the Gardiner bridge replacement project, will be ceasing work for now.
There are close to 50,000 cases of coronavirus in Maryland. A stay-at-home order has been changed to a safer-at-home order. Construction has been deemed essential work. Some projects are continuing and others are stalling. According to Bethesda Magazine, construction has been temporarily halted on Marriott World HQ. A number of workers on Maryland’s Purple Line construction project were asked Wednesday to self-quarantine for 14 days after a Washington Gas inspector on the project tested positive for COVID-19, a project official and state spokeswoman told the Washington Post. At a multifamily development in Chevy Chase, Maryland, by Bozzuto Group, some workers are wearing masks, and the company’s CEO told CNBC that they are trying to take precautions.
There are close to 95,000 cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts. An emergency order has been declared, requiring nonessential work shutdowns until May 18. Construction is essential, but Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville each left local construction moratoriums in place after construction was designated as an essential activity, according to NBC. Some unions are walking off worksites and asking for construction to be shutdown statewide, according to The Boston Herald.
There are close to 56,000 cases of coronavirus in Michigan. A stay-at-home order has been issued by Gov. Whitmer until May 28. When reopening, she said that she will consider the progress sustained reduction in cases, expanded testing and tracing capabilities, sufficient healthcare capacity, and establishment of best practices for the workplace. Construction has not been deemed essential by default. Some limited forms of construction are permissible, including construction to maintain and improve roads, bridges, telecommunications infrastructure, and public health infrastructure (such as the creation or expansion of hospitals or other medical facilities to provide or support the provision of necessary care during the emergency). Construction workers may also undertake projects that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of a residence during the emergency, including projects immediately necessary to restore the habitability of a residence. Any non-emergency maintenance or improvements to residences are not permitted. Major projects halted include work at Eastern Michigan University.
There are close to 23,000 cases of coronavirus in Minnesota. A shelter-in-place order is in effect through May 18. Construction has been deemed essential in the state. A resurfacing will commence at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, as well as work on Highway 5.
There are over 14,000 cases of coronavirus in Mississippi. A “safer at home” order is in effect, allowing some businesses to resume operations. Construction has been deemed essential. Work on the $90 million storage dome in Raleigh, Miss. has not stopped amid coronavirus fears.
There are over 13,000 cases of coronavirus in Missouri. A stay-at-home order expired on May 3. Construction has been deemed essential. The $1.5 billion expansion and modernization of the Kansas City International Airport terminal is being completed by Maryland-based Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC.
There are over 480 cases of coronavirus in Montana. A stay-at-home order was issued on March 28 and ended on April 24, allowing some businesses to reopen. Construction has been deemed essential. The Keystone XL Pipeline will proceed in April, according to KTVQ Billings News.
There are over 13,000 cases of coronavirus in Nebraska. There is no state-wide stay-at-home order in place, but the current instructions do impose limitations on gatherings. Construction has continued for the most part.
There are close to 8,500 cases of coronavirus in Nevada. A stay-at-home order is in place until May 15, and construction has been deemed essential during the crisis. The $1.9 billion Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, set to be the host to the Las Vegas Raiders, is continuing construction.
There are close to 4,500 cases of coronavirus in New Hampshire. A stay-at-home order was in effect until May 4, and now a “Stay at Home 2.0” order is in place. Construction has been deemed essential in the state. Route 3 work by Laconia will continue as planned.
There are close to 160,000 cases of coronavirus in New Jersey. A stay-at-home order is in place indefinitely, and construction has faced new restrictions. In an updated Executive Order, Gov. Murphy has released guidelines on what kind of construction projects can continue and how they can prevent the spread of coronavirus at work.
There are nearly 7,500 cases of coronavirus in New Mexico. A stay-at-home order eased up on May 1, entering the first stage of reopening until May 15. Construction work has been deemed essential in the state. Work on the U.S. – Mexico Border Wall continues.
There are nearly 370,000 cases of coronavirus in New York. A stay-at-home order has been extended until May 28 in some areas of the state with the N.Y. PAUSE initiative. Only essential construction can continue, like jobsites including “roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing and homeless shelters,” according to the Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESD) updated guidelines. Design work has been halted on NYC’s public buildings. According to Yahoo Finance, more than 450 projects were going on in New York City at the time of the order. Over 5,000 contractors have resumed work since the order.
There are around 25,000 cases of coronavirus in North Carolina. A stay-at-home order has eased up, and the state has entered a phase of reopening. Construction has been deemed essential. Contractors are taking precautions to try to prevent an outbreak. East Carolina University continues construction on multiple projects.
There are around 2,500 cases of coronavirus in North Dakota. Gov. Burgum has defended his decision to not issue a stay-at-home order, but some mayors have advised residents to take precautions. Construction can continue. The Keystone XL Pipeline will pass through the state once construction makes its way to that phase, as it is continuing through the crisis.
There are close to 34,000 cases of coronavirus in Ohio. A stay-at-home order has been issued until May 29. Construction has been deemed essential. According to The Morning Journal, construction is set to begin on several stretches of the Ohio Turnpike. Work is continuing on the many active construction sites on the Ohio State University campus, including the new Postle Hall and the new Health Sciences Faculty Office and Optometry Clinic. Work is also continuing on the Convention Center Hotel that will be 28-stories tall and on the $240 million CoverMyMeds Office Campus in Franklinton. Construction also continues for a major Canton project.
There are nearly 6,500 cases of coronavirus in Oklahoma. A “safer-at-home” order was issued, requiring vulnerable populations to stay home. Restrictions on businesses eased on April 24 and May 1. Non-essential businesses have been closed, but construction has been deemed essential, so work activities can proceed.
There are close to 4,000 cases of coronavirus in Oregon. A stay-at-home order has been issued until July 6. Construction has been deemed essential by Gov. Brown. Work continues on an Intel expansion in Hillsboro as a contractor on the project has tested positive for coronavirus.
There are nearly 74,000 cases of coronavirus in Pennsylvania. Some counties began to reopen on May 8, although some are still under a stay-at-home order. Construction was not been deemed essential, falling short of the life-sustaining order from Gov. Wolf. However, the governor has changed course on initial guidelines, allowing construction to continue on May 1. The state has released guidelines on how contractors should proceed. Until then, only life-sustaining construction, such as for traffic maintenance, can proceed. Road work has resumed.
There are nearly 15,000 cases of coronavirus in Rhode Island. Gov. Raimondo’s stay-at-home order ended May 8. Construction has been deemed essential at this time, and work has continued on road projects as contractors look to limit the virus spread with distancing guidelines.
There are over 5,000 cases of coronavirus in South Dakota. Gov. Kristi Noem issued a limited stay-at-home mandate that applies only to people in the two hardest-hit counties who are older than 65 or who have chronic health conditions, according to ABC. Construction work can continue for now. The Keystone XL Pipeline will cross through the state and begin construction once finished in Montana.
There are close to 22,000 cases of coronavirus in Tennessee. A “safer at home” order is in place until May 29, allowing some business to reopen. Construction is an essential industry during the duration of the order. Projects such as the Volkswagen expansion, the Red Wolves soccer complex and the U.S. 27 widening in Chattanooga aren’t stopping amid coronavirus restrictions, according to the Times Free Press.
There are close to 58,000 cases of coronavirus in Texas. The stay-at-home order ended April 30, and construction has been deemed essential in some sectors. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has revised the order for construction to include more safety precautions. Critical work includes classified construction for public works, residential, commercial, and schools as critical infrastructure, and prohibits elective additions and maintenance, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.
There are close to 1,000 cases of coronavirus in Vermont. Gov. Scott has issued a stay-at-home order until May 15. Non-essential construction, such as commercial housing projects, have been stopped, but essential work can continue, according to WCAX. Work on a 110-room Burlington International Airport hotel has been delayed.
There are close to 41,000 cases of coronavirus in Virginia. A stay-at-home order has been issued by Gov. Northam until June 10. Construction has been deemed essential. Clark Construction is reportedly continuing construction in Pentagon City, Virginia, with added safety precautions for hand washing and social distancing on the new Amazon HQ2 Campus, the Washington Business Journal reported.
There are close to 22,000 cases of coronavirus in Washington. Gov. Inslee has issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order until May 31. Construction was not initially deemed essential, but Gov. Inslee has released new instructions to reopen some closed worksites. Some commercial work has continued, such as the renovations of the Seattle Center Arena. However, Sound Transit has halted most of its construction.
There are over 2,000 cases of coronavirus in West Virginia. A stay-at-home order was issued, and construction has been deemed as essential. That order was replaced with a “safer-at-home” order on May 4, which encourages residents to remain home. Work continues on bridges and roads, and according to 24/7 Sports, West Virginia University has continued work on its athletic facilities. Swank Construction has stopped work on the I-70 Bridge project due to concerns related to the coronavirus.
There are close to 17,000 cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin. A stay-at-home order was issued by Gov. Evers until May 26, but has since been struck down by the state’s supreme court. Construction has been deemed essential, so work has been able to continue, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In Milwaukee, some sites have reduced activities, but none have shut down. Bradley Symphony Center, remains under construction. Work has continued on the conversion of the former Grand Avenue mall into The Avenue mixed-use development, and Foxconn Technology Group’s manufacturing site in Mount Pleasant. According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, work has been able to continue on Green Bay Packaging’s new paper mill, UnitedHealth Group’s new headquarters in De Pere, and multifamily housing projects across the region. The Wisconsin Center project has been delayed due to financial complications caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Husky Energy has also suspended rebuilding its oil refinery in Superior due to the outbreak.
There are close to 850 cases of coronavirus in Wyoming. There is currently no stay-at-home order in place, so construction can continue. However, Gov. Gordon has requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government in order to use funds and services for all the counties and both tribal nations in the state.