A coalition of construction associations, including SRBX, determined a comprehensive response from the state was needed to address conflicting permissibility of construction operations in county public health orders/directives.
This coalition prepared and transmitted a policy recommendation which clearly established construction and related services as essential to the well-being of Californians to the Governor Newsom’s office the afternoon of March 19.
On the evening of March 19, Governor Newsom announced his statewide stay at home order. Unfortunately, that order did not provide the sought clarity on continuing of construction operations, and regrettably created more confusion. SRBX and representatives of the construction industry immediately engaged with the governor’s office, and a clarifying statement was put on the Governor’s COVID-19 website last night at 11:22 PM stating construction is exempt from the stay at home order.
Additional conversations with the Governor’s administration confirms ALL construction is exempt in the Governor’s order. However, our coalition has reports that some local jurisdictions have closed public counters. We are seeking a legal opinion that the Governor’s directive supersedes any order or directive from a County or Local Agency to ensure construction may proceed and is supported by necessary governmental functions (permitting, inspections, etc).
SRBX will continue to post updated information on our COVID-19 webpage. Please check the site regularly for news and information important to our industry.
Proceeding forward, there are several key points to remember:
Working with health and safety as the primary objective, our industry can continue to meet the objectives of our clients while providing for the economic well-being of our workers and the State of California. Build safe; Build healthy.
Tim Murphy, CEO
Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange
Sacramento County Issues Shelter at Home Order; Goes into Effect at 11:59PM Tonight
Sacramento County has issued a formal shelter at home order for residents of Sacramento County.
Based on input provided by SRBX and industry partners, construction has been listed as an exempt business.
The order states:
“For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of “Essential Infrastructure,” including, but not limited to, construction, airport operations, water, sewer, flood control, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection, processing and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), provided that they carry out those services or that work in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, to the extent possible.
SRBX continues to work with industry partners to address orders that may be issued from adjoining counties and the State of California. Information on these orders will be posted to SRBX’s COVID-19 Information webpage. Please check this resource frequently for current information regarding COVID-19 and the construction industry.
The evolving circumstances and health precautions around coronavirus (COVID-19) has compelled the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange (SRBX) and our not-for-profit Construction Industry Education Foundation (CIEF) to take the following steps in the interest of the health and welfare of our members and staff.
Effective today, the majority of SRBX and CIEF staff will be working remotely and our main office will remain open with limited staffing. All staff are available by phone/email and are fully committed to serving our members and industry at this time.
All SRBX/CIEF Board and Committee Meetings will take place via videoconferencing or conference call. Additional details regarding already scheduled meetings will be sent out to those individuals participating in these meetings.
The SRBX Plan room is fully operational and we encourage SRBX members to review the more than 1,600 plans currently available online. Staff is available to assist you with any needs.
The NEXT St. Patrick's Day Brewfest which was scheduled for tomorrow, March 17th, has been rescheduled for a date to be determined. Information regarding the rescheduled date will be sent out when available.
The SRBX Safety Expo scheduled for April 8th and 9th at Cosumnes River College will be rescheduled. Information regarding the rescheduled date will be sent out when available.
The CIEF Southern California Design Build Competition scheduled for April 18th and 19th at Reliable Wholesale Lumber has been cancelled. While every effort was made to look at alternative dates for this competition, we do not feel that we could provide the quality needed for this event after students return to schools prior to the end of the school year. We will be providing information about the 2021 Southern California Design Build Competition this summer.
The CIEF Northern California Design Build Competition scheduled for May 6th and 7th at Cosumnes River College will be rescheduled. New dates will be determined after students return to campus and revised spring schedules are available.
The CIEF Clay Shoot scheduled for May 15th at Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve and the SRBX Spring Golf Outing scheduled on May 29th at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course fall outside the current gathering recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health. As such, both are planned to be held as scheduled. Should the need to postpone these events occur, this information will be communicated to all sponsors and registrants.
SRBX and CIEF take your health and safety very seriously. We will continue to monitor announcements and reports from state and national health agencies for additional directives and will take appropriate measures to continue to protect the health of our members, event guests, visitors, and staff. Up to date information can be found online at www.srbx.org .
As always, thank you for your membership and support of SRBX and CIEF.