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COVID-19 Construction Activity Report

Is Construction Essential In Your State?

Around the U.S., we’re seeing more states, counties, and cities choose to close nonessential businesses or issue some sort of “stay at home” or “shelter in place” orders. For the most part, construction activity has been included as an essential activity that can continue with business as usual during these orders—but there are pockets where construction sites have been shuttered. Last updated April 30, 2020. 


Construction Deemed Nonessential

*Exception for public infrastructure, housing, and healthcare projects

    • Michigan†
    • New Jersey†
    • New York†

†See Restarting Work below for more information

Construction Deemed Essential

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania†
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington†
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

*Exceptions given for some localized areas

†See Restarting Work below for more information

  • Massachusetts

No Statewide Order, but Some Localized Restrictions With Construction Deemed Essential

  • Oklahoma
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Restarting Work


All construction projects, private and public, could restart on May 7.


Construction can resume for projects that were underway prior to the stay at home order. Contingent on if those projects can maintain social distancing of six feet for all workers.


All construction projects, private and public, were allowed to restart on May 1. Social distancing and other requirements must be followed.

New York

In-person operations remain closed through May 15. Construction and Manufacturing will be amongst the first businesses to reopen. 

New Jersey

Construction remains nonessential until further notice.

Other Shutdowns


All district and county maintenance offices closed until March 30. All construction projects have been suspended until further notice.

South Dakota DOT

Closed until March 30. Construction was halted on all but two high priority projects and March 18 bid lettings were postponed until March 25.


Disneyworld, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have halted construction on all current and upcoming construction and renovation projects.


Temporary Emergency Construction Moratorium on all construction activity on both public and private property until further notice.


Employers had until March 23 to secure their jobsites, now only skeleton crews are allowed on sites to ensure safety until the suspension is lifted.

San Francisco

All construction projects are temporarily shut down apart from public works and all housing construction. The San Francisco Department of Building Inspection resumed operation with limited services to keep those projects moving.

Project Bidding Activity

Posted to Bid

-3.62% YOY Public projects posted to bid week of March 16

-8.62% YOY Private projects posted to bid week of March 16

Mandatory Prebid Meetings†

63.1% of the meetings were as scheduled

14.1% of meetings dates were extended

16.5% of the meetings were canceled

Bid Dates†

80% of the bid dates are currently scheduled to open as originally advertised

10.3% have been extended

9.7% have been cancelled

†Projects bidding in the next 60 days

delayed projects reports

Page Updated Apr. 14, 2020