COVID 19 – Construction Restart Updates

Phase 2

On June 5, 2020 Whatcom County was allowed to enter into Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start Plan. This phase allows for new construction, as long as it can be performed while remaining in compliance with the Phase 2 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements.


Phase 1

On April 24, 2020 Governor Inslee implemented a limited Phase 1 Construction Restart, which authorizes activity on existing construction projects (those with an issued permit as of March 23rd) that can be performed while maintaining the six-foot social distancing, and remain in compliance with the Phase 1 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements.

As the City of Bellingham begins to allow construction activity, it is important to note the following: 

  • Before the job site can be opened, a safety plan must be written out, posted onsite and implemented
  • Precautions including the following must be included in the safety plan: 
    • Having soap and water onsite
    • Requiring masks, gloves and eye protection be worn at all times
    • Employees must have temperature taken and answer health questions before allowed onsite – DAILY
    • Six-foot social distancing must be adhered to

IMPORTANT: L&I will be strictly enforcing these requirements, and if the job site requirements are not being met, the project will not be inspected. 




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