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UPDATE: AGC of CA Calls for Clarity and Uniformity Across the State

“Until there’s greater clarity on which exemption list has priority, we encourage all members to adhere to the more restrictive list governing their project sites.”

Governor Newsom Reinforces Statewide Order:
On Saturday, a lot of information began circulating around updates to the governor’s shelter in place executive order, and whether or not there was a definitive answer as to whether the state or local ordinance took precedence. At one point during the day, the governor’s COVID-19 website indicated stricter county ordinances should be adhered to in those jurisdictions. Then, shortly thereafter, the language was removed to say only, “this is a statewide order.” 
  
Governor Newsom held a press conference last night where he announced that the state's stay at home order serves as a statewide overlay to all previously passed local guidance and orders. He expressed a need for creating a uniform order to serve as an “overlay” to all 58 counties of the state. The governor stressed that this conformity, while difficult to sort through, will be an iterative process with changes as concerns arise. 
  
As we shared Saturday morning, the governor's office issued an updated list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers,” providing greater clarity on the categories of workers considered essential under the governor's stay-at-home order. In the order, construction was outlined as an essential function (see page 11).
  
We had hoped the governor would bring stronger clarity and applicability of this list of essential critical infrastructure workers; unfortunately, his statement stopped short of saying the state supersedes the local ordinances.
  
This lack of clarification is confusing for our industry.
  
At this time, AGC of California believes that under the governor’s order and exemptions, construction is exempt from the shelter in place order. However, until there is greater clarity on which exemption list has priority, we encourage all members to adhere to the more restrictive list governing their project sites.
  
AGC of California strongly agrees with the governor’s sentiments to establish a uniform order allowing the entire state to manage this crisis with greater resiliency and effectiveness for all Californians. We believe that in times of crisis, we should all be working together. That's why we are already following up with all 58 counties across the state with a formal letter, like this one sent to Santa Clara County, urging them to update their crisis response to align with the governor's order. We know reducing confusion and ambiguity in this time will result in greater success and safety for our industry and the state. 
  
As always, we are grateful for the work you and your teams do to build California.