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COVID-19: Construction Industry - Updates for Oregon and Washington

March 2020

Construction Industry Stakeholders:

We hope that you are remaining safe and well in these challenging times. As you likely know, Governors Brown and Inslee have each issued executive stay at home orders for Oregonians and Washingtonians, respectively. Each order may have different effects on specific businesses. Under either state's executive order, for construction industry businesses to remain open, they must adhere to certain social distancing and safety measures. Here are the links to the Oregon and Washington executive orders:

Governor Brown's Stay at Home Executive Order
Governor Inslee's Stay Home Executive Order

For more guidance on requirements specifically for the construction industry during Oregon's and Washington's respective stay at home orders, refer to the Oregon Construction Contractors Board website, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries website, and Governor Inslee's Construction Guidance Memorandum. Here are links to the most recent information from these offices related to the construction industry:

Oregon CCB Coronavirus Guidance
Washington DOL/LNI Coronavirus Guidance
Governor Inslee Construction Guidance Memorandum

If your company is experiencing impacts from the Coronavirus on any project, we recommend you review the contracts for those projects to determine if they allow your company to request additional time to perform and/or monetary damages and, if so, what notices must be issued to preserve those rights. Often times such provisions require notices to be given within a certain number of days and if not timely issued, all rights are waived.

Feel free to contact any member of our firm's Construction Group if you have specific questions regarding how to comply with current social distancing and safety requirements, or if you need assistance navigating a project or other issues during these unusual times.

We are here if you need us.

Sussman Shank LLP's Construction Group

About Sussman Shank LLP
Celebrating 60 years in 2020, Sussman Shank is a full-service business, litigation, and commercial bankruptcy law firm with over 30 lawyers. Our clients include public and private companies, government entities, institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals. While our office is located in Portland, Oregon, we continue to serve as counsel to a diverse range of clients and industries all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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