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Washington’s Phase 2 Construction Restart Plan

Updated: May 21

On May 15, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued a memorandum for expanding allowable construction activities for counties currently authorized to be in Phase 2. Although most counties in Washington State are expected to move to Phase 2 on or around June 1, certain counties have been granted variances to move to Phase 2 before the rest of the State.


Accordingly, for counties in Phase 2, Washington State will allow all construction activity to proceed, whether previously authorized, newly authorized, existing, or not existing, subject to health and safety requirements.

(Last updated: May 21, 2020).


All limitations on construction activity found in Proclamation 20-25 and the Governor’s March 25 and April 29, 2020 memoranda will be lifted for any project sited in a Phase 2 county provided that the construction activity follows all Phase 2 Construction COVID-19 Requirements.


Any paused construction activity may resume immediately if:

  • The employers and employees can meet and maintain all requirements listed in the Phase 2 Construction COVID-19 Requirements document; and

  • The employers and employees conduct only those activities that are allowed under their county’s phase status.


This article is intended to provide you with general information regarding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on construction work in Washington state. This article is not intended to provide specific legal advice. If you have any questions about the contents of this article or if you need legal advice on an issue, please contact Heffernan Law Group at contact@heffernanlawgroup.com.


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