Construction Considered Essential Services Under Executive Order 20-20

Tom Hofstad

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 (“Stay Home Executive Order”) directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside their homes beyond essential needs for two weeks.  The Executive Order is in effect for two weeks beginning on Friday, March 27th at 11:59 PM until Friday, April 10th.

This order provides an extensive list of essential services and employee designations that includes construction.  Therefore, construction is NOT currently impacted by the order and subsequent closure of non-essential business.  Note that among the extensive list of essential service provider designations are accounting personnel and related financial services such as banking, insurance, and payroll processing.  If employees cannot perform their duties by working remotely, they should take all measures to comply with physical distancing protocols and CDC recommendations.  Workers who provide critical services to the people of Minnesota at this time are exempt.  The exemptions are based on federal guidance, which includes construction, with some Minnesota-specific actions.

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