Important COVID-19 Information for the Housing Industry

NEW: Important Executive Order 20-74 Information

Under guidance issued by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry pursuant to Executive Order 20-74, all construction firms must develop and implement COVID Preparedness Plans by Monday, June 29, 2020.

These requirements, written and implemented without any industry input, require:

  • Every industry firm must have core COVID Preparedness Plan and a cover sheet prepared for particulars of each worksite.
  • General contractors must confirm that they have received and reviewed all sub-contractor COVID Preparedness Plans.
  • General contractor plan must be posted (available) onsite.

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If you have questions or concerns about these new requirements, please contact the Department of Labor of Industry’s OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation division:

Email: OSHA.consultation@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-284-5060

 


Housing First Minnesota is Working For You

There are short-term impacts being felt across the industry today and we could still see longer-term impacts. During this time of uncertainty and challenges your association is working to ensure our industry comes out of this crisis stronger than before.

Housing First Minnesota’s staff is working around the clock to keep you aware of the latest information about COVID-19 and its impact on housing. For the latest news and information, visit the Housing First Minnesota blog, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are we still able to build and remodel homes during the Shelter-In-Place order?

Yes. Residential construction, land development and real estate services have all been declared critical sectors and are allowed to continue, with added precautions. Learn More .

 

What precautions should be taken at job sites, sales centers and model homes?

OSHA has developed a guide for workplace safety during COVID-19. You can download this guide, along with our resources on Housing First Minnesota COVID-19 Resources Page.  Learn more .

 

What should I do if I cannot get an inspection during this time?

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry asks you contact its office, with issue.  Contact information is available on our COVID-19 and Inspections page .

 

Are SWPPP inspection being suspended?

SWPPP inspection and compliance have not been suspended. Be sure to remain compliant. The MPCA may be granting regulatory relief for those with issues directly related to COVID-19.  Read more .

 

My certification/license expires soon. What should I do?

State entities that license or certify contractors have adjusted their operations.  Learn more .

 

Are there an executive orders that affect our industry?

Yes, Executive Order 20-16 calls for all non-health care organizations to inventory PPE that can be used by front line health care workers.  Learn more .

 

I have PPE I can donate.  Where can I drop it off?

The State of Minnesota has asked that PPE be dropped off at the Salvation Army Office in Roseville.  Learn more .

 

Is COVID-19 an OSHA reportable illness?

Yes, according to OSHA, COVID-19 is a reportable illness.  Learn more .

 

Where can I get the latest information about COVID-19 in Minnesota?

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Minnesota, visit the  Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Page .

 

How have our elected officials responded to COVID-19?

Both Congress and the Minnesota Legislature took up COVID-19 . There bills were quickly signed into law.  Read about the Federal Response Read about the State of Minnesota Response .

 

Where can I find more information about SBA Disaster Loans?

The Small Business Administration has a dedicated website for information related to SBA Disaster Loans.  Learn more .

 

 


Housing First Minnesota Operations:

Our foremost priority and guiding principle in all of our deliberations and decisions is the health and well-being of all industry members, their customers, employees, and our staff at Housing First Minnesota. We are continuing to monitor, communicate with key stakeholders, and evaluate this rapidly changing and unprecedented landscape for our industry.

All Housing First Minnesota staff will be working remotely during this time. If you leave a voicemail message on a direct line of an employee, the message will immediately be sent to their email inbox. There will also be changes to events and committee meetings during this time.


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