Varying degrees of stay-at-home directives in response to the spread of COVID-19 have been issued across the country, with each state taking a different approach to its enforcement of projects that it deems essential to the community and continued operation of local government, while maintaining social distancing guidelines.

For construction business owners, these decisions have had significant impacts on cost and schedule as certain work has been suspended while other projects, involving transportation, education, and health-related facilities, are being accelerated based on need and to capitalize on reduced disruption and risk.

The frequent changes in policy also affect on-site operations with project managers assessing the best ways to balance contractual progress with the implementation of health and safety measures that help to prevent further spread of the virus among workers. With flexible preparedness and frequent communication, construction partners can better navigate changes to their schedules and set themselves up for recovery and return to normalcy down the line.

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