COVID-19: Construction Industry Resource for Marin County
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are developing and publishing these resources to address your questions as quickly as possible. Our singular goal during this challenging time is to deliver important, timely, and relevant information to you as it becomes available.
We are actively monitoring the situation and communicating with our colleagues across the North Bay and CA. We have aggregated links to information that may be helpful, provide insight, and give you a chance to connect. We update this page as new information becomes available and give credit to authors/sources whenever possible.
Where can I access financial assistance? *UPDATED April 4*
* Overview of Small Biz Loans via CARES Act including PPP - SBDC - Newest and Most Comprehensive
* Upcoming Online Webinars - SBDC
* More on the way from our partners at Marin Economic Forum and Small Business Development Center as this develops...
How do I keep my shut down job site safe? *UPDATED April 3*
Here are some local companies that are ready to help ensure your job site is safe and secure.
Should I be working right now? *UPDATED April 3*
Most likely no, unless you are working on Essential Infrastructure or working to close down your job site safely. The Marin County Health Officer issued a new Shelter in Place Order (“Order”) that extends the shelter in place mandate through May 3, 2020. This Order states “Most construction, residential and commercial, is prohibited.”
For example, this was sent out by the City of San Rafael to ALL Permit Holders on April 2: "All construction work must immediately cease and desist unless authorized by the City of San Rafael. Only essential construction projects are allowed to continue under the Order."
Similar language was sent to all Permit Holders in Novato.
We recommend contacting the individual jurisdictions to find out what you are able to do to button-up your projects for the time being.
Updated April 2 - * Counties Radically Restrict What Construction May Continue - Dan McLennon
Updated March 24 - * Construction Restrictions Matrix Across United States - Dan McLennon
Can I get a permit or an inspection? *UPDATED April 3*
CURRENT - Most over-the-counter services are closed at this time across Marin. However, there are some permit and inspection related services available, depending on the jurisdiction. We recommend you contact the municipality you're working in or plan to work in directly. Our complete list of permit offices and phone numbers for all Marin municipalities.
Updated April 3 - * County of Marin Update on Permits and Inspections
What should I do if I am preparing to lay off employees? *UPDATED March 30*
Updated March 30 * New Laws About Sick Hours now Available to Employees - Accuchex
Updated March 18 - • Filing a Disability Claim with EDD
What should I do if we are working or we are planning to go back to work soon? *UPDATED March 30*
Protect your employees and your clients -
Updated March 30 * Complete Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan Template - CISC
Updated March 30 * Healthy Job Site Protocol - DOWBUILT
Updated March 24 * Essential Work Certification Cards Download (MS Word) - Dan McLennon
Updated March 24 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Protecting Workers
Updated March 24 * OSHA - Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Updated March 24 * Tool Cleaning Protocol - Milwaukee Tools
Updated March 24 * WHO - Workplace Readiness - Includes Project Meetings
Updated March 24 * Resources in English and Spanish from LOHP at UC Berkeley
Updated March 20 • Example Exposure Control Plan from Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
Updated March 18 • Wash your Hands - Fact Sheet - CDC
Updated March 18 - • Constructing A Contingency Plan for Coronavirus - JDSupra
What should I do if an employee gets sick? *UPDATED March 26*
If an employee has a cough or temperature, please send them home immediately.
Updated March 26 - • What's next for my business and for the employee?
How can I connect with others in the construction industry? *UPDATED March 26*
What can I do to help? *UPDATED March 26*
Updated March 26 - * Make a contribution to the Canal Alliance Client Support Fund. Established to provide direct cash assistance to some of Marin’s most vulnerable families.
Updated March 25 - * Health care providers from across Marin have contacted us in desperate need of N95 masks and other PPE. If you have masks you can donate to our local doctors and nurses please email email@example.com and we will find a way to get them to our local healthcare providers.
What is the Marin Builders Association doing right now? *CURRENT*
The 3 areas we are prioritizing today - Stability, Leadership, Service
1. Stability - Stabilizing and prioritizing our internal operations to ensure we can serve our members to the best of our ability.
• Our staff continues our work remotely and on a staggered schedule in the office responding to all inquiries as quickly as possible. Our Board of Directors continues to meet, discuss, and set a new course for best serving and providing value to our members and our industry.
2. Leadership - Taking the lead by providing timely and helpful information about CONSTRUCTION in MARIN and get it out to our members as fast as possible.
• Utilize our industry experts and access our best resources to curate the most relevant and meaningful information.
3. Service - Provide exceptional value to our members.
• Respond to the individual needs of members and create forums to connect.
* Advocate for our members on the local, regional, and statewide level for consistency in defining "essential" work. Letter with Bay Area Council to all Bay Area Counties dated 3.27.20.
• Workers Comp and Health insurance programs will remain fully operational.
What if I have questions about my Builders Association health insurance coverage? *CURRENT*