COVID-19 Industry Updates & Impacts
11/20:2020: OSHA Construction Guideline Reminder
06/26:2020: Mask Mandate
Click here for a copy of Nevada Medical Advisory Team Guidance on Directive 024 Face Coverings
Click here for a copy of Nevada Declaration of Emergency Directive 024
OSHA has released updated construction guidance. We encourage you to download and update your procedures accordingly for you and your employees.
On April 8, 2020, the Governor issued Emergency Order #13. Among other things, Order #13, closes all showrooms including home furnishing and appliance showrooms, and also prohibits open houses and showings of single-family or multi-family residential homes which are occupied by a renter. Although construction remains an essential industry and is allowed to operate so long as any individuals in the industry utilize appropriate COVID-19 protocols, Order #13 raises questions as to its application to sales offices and model homes.
- The sales office or model home is open by appointment only. Any appointments should be one-on-one.
- Virtual home tours should be prioritized and utilized whenever possible.
- COVID-19 risk mitigation protocols should be followed during any in person interactions, including the observation of appropriate social distancing.
Click here for the Industry Stand Down Flyer which is full of resources, including the following document links:
Please make sure that all of your employees know the importance of this issue for their safety and for the industry.
Also, BANN has partnered with other associations to provide 3rd party inspections to provide safety guidance. We highly recommend you utilize this resource. We have negotiated the offering at a discounted rate. Please contact Don Tatro to coordinate your inspections with Specialized Safety Services.
03/26:2020: City of Reno & OSHA Updates
- We have temporarily postponed public outreach and processing of long range planning efforts, including the Zoning Code Update, updates to the Mortensen/Garson Overlay District, and Package Alcohol Ordinances. We plan to resume work on these efforts in the near future.
- Building and engineering inspections are being performed on a regular basis. We are asking all of our customers to respect the social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC.
- In an effort to go digital, our planning/engineering application checklists have been updated to reflect that we no longer require multiple CD/flash drives. Each application type will only require one flash drive and two hard copies of the application. This is an update from previous checklists that required anywhere from 12-20 CD's with each submission. Check out our website for the updated checklists in the applications.
- In response to the actions of Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and his administration with regard to essential and non-essential businesses, we’ve developed this guide that summarizes the operational restrictions and mandatory closures for certain types of businesses. The guide will be reviewed regularly and updated with any new guidance or mandates. The latest version of the guide will be available on Reno.Gov/COVID19. If you have questions or concerns related to these requirements, please call 775-334-2090 or email email@example.com.
- While most of the City staff are working remotely, we are still actively responding to inquiries by phone and email. Please see the contact information below for assistance:
- As a reminder, the weekly Monday morning (8 a.m. - 9 a.m.) Drop In with CD sessions have been cancelled through at least April 2020. However, pre-application meetings are continuing and are being held virtually. You can schedule a meeting using the online form: Request a pre-application meeting. Staff will follow up with you to confirm the meeting schedule and provide login details.
The COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) is accepting donations of sterile, unopened Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from businesses.
Please follow the directives if you can donate any of the items below:
· Masks – N95, surgical or dust
· Face shields
· Protective eyewear
Businesses that have ceased operations or have excess stock should call Washoe 311 (Dial 3-1-1) or email firstname.lastname@example.org if they have these unopened, sterile items. If the material is needed by the IMT, a representative of the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) will contact the business to arrange pick-up or delivery.
TMWA's COVID-19 Response for Development:
Due to unforeseen circumstances associated with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in furtherance of directions of Governor Sisolak and the Declaration of Emergency issued by Washoe County on March 16, 2020, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority is implementing temporary procedures with respect to the submission of surveying maps and records, engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents requiring the use of a signature or stamp of a professional engineer or professional land surveyor in order to protect our staff and members of the public. Until further notice, TMWA will not be accepting paper documents associated with new applications or resubmittals for new or modified services in person at TMWA’s corporate office at 1355 Capital Blvd. TMWA will endeavor to handle these submittals and projects electronically. Payments will be accepted via mail or drop box. Regarding “original” or “wet stamped” documents, the licensee with responsible charge of the work contained in the document shall comply with the following requirements for purposes of TMWA confirming compliance with the provisions of NAC 625.610:
1. The licensee shall submit the document to TMWA electronically in such format required by TMWA;
2. The licensee shall sign, stamp and/or seal the document in accordance with NAC 625.610 and provide electronic confirmation of such signature, stamp or seal to TMWA in such format required by TMWA; and
3. The licensee shall retain the original signed, stamped or sealed document and shall submit such original to TMWA upon the earlier of: i) TMWA’s request or ii) termination of the temporary procedures described herein.
TMWA will have staff available to answer questions via telephone and email. Please contact your Project Coordinator or email@example.com for further information. Preconstruction meetings will be held via teleconference with a modified tailgate meeting in the field with the inspector. Inspections will continue with extra best practice precautions. We appreciate your understanding as we take these measures to protect our staff and members of the public; however, we believe these decisions are imperative to do our part to minimize further spread of COVID-19.
03/20/2020: Governor's Signed Declaration of Emergency Directive/Reno Justice Court Response on Eviction Proceedings
Please click here for the official Declaration of Emergency from Governor Sisolak for your reference. Construction is listed in section 6 as an essential industry.
There has been significant discussion and false information about eviction proceedings within the jurisdiction of the Reno Justice Court.
The court has responded stating: “Therefore, the Court will not be issuing default judgments in civil matters, including evictions. To be clear, this does not mean that the Court will no longer process eviction cases. The Court has a duty to follow the law as written, and it cannot simply ignore statutes that have been enacted by the Nevada Legislature. However, as tenants may not be able to file the paperwork that is necessary to stop an eviction, the Court will not issue an eviction order without first holding a hearing and providing tenants an opportunity to participate in the hearing via teleconference or other means. These hearings may need to be scheduled past normal eviction deadlines, since all deadlines are hereby suspended.” Read the full statement and find additional information here.
You can visit our website here for all prior information disseminated. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
New B&I / OSHA Guidelines:
The Department of Business and Industry and OSHA have released new construction guidelines. Please consider these a minimum of preventative standards. The specific guidelines are below. As always, please let us know if you have any additional questions.
For the full release click on this Link
- Restrict meetings, safety meetings/tailgate talks, and gatherings to no more than 10 people. (Ref. - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA 3990-03 2020)
- Establish effective social distancing protocols, which ensure that staff maintain a 6 foot personal separation from other staff during meetings, discussions, etc. where 10 people or less are present. Ensure that social distancing protocols are maintained during operation of mobile service equipment designed for 2 or more passengers including, but not limited to, man lifts, scissors lifts, etc. (Ref. - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA 3990-03 2020)
- Provide sanitation and cleaning supplies for addressing common surfaces in multiple user mobile equipment and multiple user tooling. (Ref. - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA 3990-03 2020)
- Maintain 6 foot separation protocols for labor transportation services, such as buses, vans, etc.
- Conduct daily surveys of changes to staff/labor health conditions. (Ref. - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA 3990-03 2020)
- Ensure that any identified first responders in the labor force are provided and use the needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and equipment for protection from communicable or infections disease. (29 CFR 1910.1030)
- Provide access to potable and sanitary water (29 CFR 1926.15)
For any further guidance use the following links:
Federal OSHA - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
Center for Disease Control and Prevention - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
State of Nevada - https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/\
Mine Safety and Health Administration: https://www.msha.gov/
Nevada OSHA Information: http://dir.nv.gov/OSHA/Home/
Dept. Business & Industry Lists Construction as Essential/Washoe County Reference Doc/NV Energy Update
Here is the link to the Labor Commissioner’s updated list adding construction as an ESSENTIAL business. Construction had not previously been listed as essential or non-essential.
This written guidance confirms that construction can proceed. Please continue to do your part to practice social distancing at jobs sites and in offices.
NV Energy Flyer
NV Energy Contacts
As with all of our industry partners, please understand these are quickly changing environments and we ask that you exercise patience and understanding as procedures are being updated to meet new requirements and standards.
As you know, Governor Sisolak addressed the state and requested the closure of businesses where large amounts of people gather and to encourage increased measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This includes casinos, gyms, restaurant dining areas and certain retail stores.
From our understanding the construction industry was not mentioned, and thus does not fall under any mandatory restrictions. Reno, Sparks, and Washoe building departments are still operational. Please expect delays and individuals are encouraged to do as much as possible, if not everything, electronically or virtually.
Obviously, we encourage everyone to do all they can to stop any further transmission of this virus and to comply with the spirit of the Governor’s remarks. Following the recommendations of the CDC, keeping a minimum of 6 feet of separation, even on the job site, limit the sharing of vehicles, clean surfaces and shared items regularly, and other commonsense changes in how we are doing business are necessary.
In this rapidly changing environment BANN will continue to do all we can for the industry and keep you informed as we learn additional information.
Below is some basic information in an attempt to keep you informed and updated on all changes regarding COVID-19 and local protocol impacts on the industry. As you know, this is a quickly changing landscape and we will do all that we can to ensure the best outcome for the industry and your business.
- Washoe County: Precautions have been implemented, they are encouraging the use of all online systems when possible, the building department is open and social distancing protocols have been implemented. Please see the attached document for additional information.
- Sparks: Community Services will continue to process building permits and development applications, however, until at least April 30, 2020, to reduce congestion at the building counter, any application or other submittal must be made through a scheduled appointment. Appointments may be scheduled by contacting the Building and Safety Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (775) 353-2306. Building inspections will continue as presently scheduled.
- Reno: Mayor Schieve held a press conference calling for non-essential businesses to significantly adjust their operations. Our understanding is that this includes bars, restaurants, gyms, and casinos. This does not include construction sites and suppliers. As of now, restaurants able to offer takeout, delivery, drive through, and pick up services may remain open. Casino gaming is still allowed to operate, but dining and bars within casinos should be closed.
Inspections will continue with advanced coordination required and via video if possible. Public hearings will have remote participation and should begin again by mid-April. Submittals should be done electronically when possible and questions should be submitted via email for the quickest response times.
From a recently released email from the Reno Community Development Department:
“As part of our COVID-19 precautionary measures, the Community Development Department is adjusting procedures to allow business operations to continue for customers while discontinuing in-person services. Please use our web-based platforms to the greatest extent possible. We will continue to accept and process paper building permits, business licenses, and planning/engineering applications using a drop-off / pick-up system on floor 2 of City Hall. Planning Commission and City Council meetings will also be impacted. The April 1 Planning Commission meeting is cancelled. We are establishing a remote participation system for future meetings. Additional details will be made available as soon as they are finalized. This is a rapidly evolving situation and operations may continue to change.” Please read this article for additional information.
State of Nevada: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/
Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
Washoe County: https://www.washoecounty.us/building/
City of Sparks: https://cityofsparks.us/resources/city-services/
Carson City: https://www.carson.org/home
BANN is currently involved in the following state and local issues on behalf of the building and construction industry:
- City of Reno Housing Task Force - BANN CEO, Don Tatro, is Chair of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force which is addressing various issues related to housing in Reno. The Subcommittee, which BANN is also a part of, has submitted city staff approved code updates and changes which were recently approved by the City Council as well as the Planning Commission.
- RENOvation – BANN is participating in Technical Working Group meetings on rewriting Title 18 of the Reno Municipal Code. The process is called RENOvation. BANN also testifies on these topics when they come before the Reno City Council and the Planning Commission.
- North Valleys Infrastructure & Growth – As you may have seen in the news, a lawsuit was filed against the City of Reno on the flooding of Swan Lake. In addition, there was a proposed moratorium on future development and building in the North Valleys. BANN has been involved in meetings surrounding these topics and is strongly advocating against any moratoriums. Also, BANN is supportive of the Reno Stead Water Reclamation Facility expansion which will support future growth in the region.
- Electronic Plan Review/Signatures – BANN is currently in discussions with Washoe County on setting up an acceptable process in accepting electronic signatures and notarizations. When the next legislative session occurs, BANN will advocate in support of any necessary legislation to have electronic signatures and notaries accepted across the State.
- Impact Fees – There are ongoing talks regarding the implementation of new impact fees to help fund a new Public Safety Center in Reno. BANN is currently involved in these discussions. Stay tuned for updates.
- Public Works – BANN is working with the City of Reno staff and stakeholders to update the Public Works Manual.
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