Construction Industry News: March 30, 2020

Latest Updates on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus has struck a heavy blow against the world economy as it forces countries into lockdown with “closed for business” signs, hollows out the tourism,  travel and hospitality sectors, turns out the lights on business gatherings and events, sends employees home to work and drives the stock market into a dizzying tumble.

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How essential is construction during the coronavirus pandemic?

“It’s putting a lot of people in really tough positions. We’re all going to be sacrificing,” says one general contractor.


New York Shuts More Projects As COVID-19 Cases Soar

New York has narrowed the definition of “essential” construction, closing most projects in the state following concerns about worker safety as numbers rise related to COVIS-19 cases and deaths.


Texas High-Speed Rail Staff Laid Off Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the timeline of a planned Houston-to-Dallas high-speed rail line into uncertainty, as the company developing the $20-billion project has cut staff by nearly 30 employees and admits other challenges could complicate its plans further.

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Northern California Shelter-in-Place Orders Exempt Most Construction

As shelter-in-place directives and orders took effect across northern counties in California, contractors and local and state officials are trying to decipher the definition of “essential” in the unprecedented response to curtail COVID-19.

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