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03/22/2020

DeWine Stay at Home Order Exempts Homebuilding Industry

Most important for BIA members is the Governor, following the requests of the BIA and other organizations, has listed the residential construction industry as “essential infrastructure” and thus allowed to continue work during the “stay-at-home” period. 
 
“We applaud the DeWine-Husted Administration for understanding that the residential construction industry is essential to the well being of the state of Ohio. Our members will continue to deliver the highest quality services possible and maintain the highest standards of safety in the workplace and on the job site,” said BIA Executive Director Jon Melchi.  
 
 
Included as essential personnel by the order are: 
 
a. Financial and insurance institutions. Bank, currency exchanges, consumer lenders, including but not limited, to payday lenders, pawnbrokers, consumer installment lenders and sales finance lenders, credit unions, appraisers, title companies, financial markets, trading and futures exchanges, affiliates of financial institutions, entities that issue bonds, related financial institutions, and institutions selling financial products. Also insurance companies, underwriters, agents, and brokers, and related insurance claims and agency services;
 
b. Hardware and supply stores. Hardware stores and businesses that sell electrical, plumbing, and heating material;
 
c. Critical trades. Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations;
 
d. Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations. Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other Essential Businesses and Operations with the support or materials necessary to operate, including computers, audio and video electronics, household appliances; IT and telecommunication equipment; hardware, paint, flat glass; electrical, plumbing and heating material; sanitary equipment; personal hygiene products; food, food additives, ingredients and components; medical and orthopedic equipment; optics and photography equipment; diagnostics, food and beverages, chemicals, soaps and detergent; and firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security;
 
e. Transportation. Airlines, taxis, transportation network providers (such as Uber and Lyft), vehicle rental services, paratransit, marinas, docks, boat storage, and other private, public, and commercial transportation and logistics providers necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
 
f. Professional services. Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, insurance services, real estate services (including appraisal and title services);
 
The BIA will continue to update members as we learn new information, but we urge all members to visit our Local Government Updates page for continuous information.
 

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