These are unprecedented times. Businesses are closing their doors. Industries are shuttering. Local economies are struggling. But the construction industry doesn’t have to follow suit.
To date, Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have already deemed construction to be an essential service and have treated it as such in policy and regulations related to COVID-19. Pennsylvania has also permitted the continuation of emergency construction. The following are letters from our affiliates advocating for an essential declaration on construction. We will continue to update resources as they develop.
Letter to Gov. Abbott (TX)
We must protect Texas communities and the economy and allow construction to continue.
Letter to Gov. Newsom (CA)
The construction industry is imperative to the success of California and critical to the resiliency of the state and its people.
Letter from California Construction and Industrial Materials Association
Construction materials industry clarified as essential in California.
Letter Sen. Wicker (MS)
The construction industry provides critical materials in every building, infrastructure, and public works project in America.
Letter to Gov. Reeves (MS)
During this time in our nation’s history, it is imperative that the entire construction industry be characterized as essential industry.
Letter to Gov. Pritzker (IL)
Roads, bridges, hospitals, medical centers, schools, transit buildings, and many other construction projects need to keep moving ahead for the safety and security of our Illinois citizens.
Letter to Gov. Hogan (MD)
Concrete materials and construction are essential business and provide critical service to Marylanders.
Letter to Gov. Inslee (WA)
Construction is vital for the livability and vitality of our communities.
Letter to Gov. McMaster (SC)
We urge the Governor to make the best choice for South Carolina residents.
Letter to Gov. Northam (VA)
We urge Gov. Northam to recognize the construction industry as an essential service to support the commonwealth’s resiliency efforts.
Letter to Gov. Beshear (KY)
Construction must be allowed to continue to maintain Kentucky's economic stability.
Letter to Gov. Evers (WI)
Wisconsin must allow the construction of essential infrastructure to continue.
Letter to Gov. Reynolds (IA)
The concrete materials and construction industry are critical for public works projects including roads, bridges, and energy production in Iowa.
Letter to Gov. Kemp (GA)
Georgia needs the construction industry to keep key projects going and maintain resiliency during this challenging time.
Letter to Gov. Walz (MN)
The construction industry provides the infrastructure that is absolutely necessary for the comfort, safety, and well-being of all Minnesotans.
Letter to Mayor Hancock (Denver, CO)
Aside from providing comfort, construction is vital for both health and safety.
Letter to Gov. Herbert (UT)
We believe it is imperative that infrastructure be properly built and maintained.
Letter to Gov. Hutchinson (AK)
Construction projects must keep moving ahead in order to stay up to speed when the recovery phase begins.
Letter to Gov. Ricketts (NE)
We ask that the Governor join other states and treat construction as an essential service for the state.
Letter to Gov. Whitmer (MI)
The construction industry in Michigan is ready to work safely in a manner that is consistent with guidance and requirements issued by Federal, state and county authorities.
The following are letters from additional organizations who know that the construction industry is essential.
North America's Building Trades Unions
To ensure that our Nation’s critical infrastructure remains operational, governments should exempt those working in construction.
Pennsylvania Associations Letter to Secretary Lavine, Secretary Davin, and Mr. Brunelle (PA)
A joint request from associations across PA to recognize residential and commercial construction as life sustaining business.
Concrete associations across the country are calling on the Federal Government to act.
Health and safety guidelines and recommendations:
NRMCA Safety Recommendations
Recommendations from the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association on how to stay safe and healthy.
Washington DC Guidelines for Construction Sites
Official guidelines released by the city of Washington DC.
Guidance from the US Department of Homeland Security
Learn more about essential infrastructure work from the DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA).
CDC Reopening Guidance
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes.
The Concrete Industry at a Glance
The concrete industry is essential: America’s concrete and cement manufacturers have facilities in all 50 states and support more than 600,000 jobs.
State Responses to COVID-19
Check here for real time updates to see which states have deemed construction to be an essential service.
Build with Strength Supportive of Construction Designation by the Department of Homeland Security
The construction industry has been designated as an ‘Essential Infrastructure Business’.
Make your voices heard!
It is critically important that our state leaders keep the construction industry working. Download a template letter here to send to your governor.