March 30, 2020

Tennessee Stay at Home Order Defines Construction as a “Critical Trade”

On March 30, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued ExecutiveOrder 22, which requires Tennessee citizens to stay home except for when performing essential activities until at least April 14. The Executive Order defined occupations that are exempt from this Order and included all construction activities as a “critical trade”:

Critical Trades.This includes, but is not limited to: building and construction tradesmen andtradeswomen and other trades, including, but not limited to, plumbers, electricians,exterminators and pest control, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HV AC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other manufacturing, distribution, retail or service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activity,and Essential Services, including electronic security and life safety services to assist with fire prevention and response, security, and emergency management and response;


Important to note is that while this Order is statewide, it expressly allows local governments to issue further guidelines as long as they do not conflict with the state Order, so check city or county guidelines to see if there are any additional required measures.

No repeal of localorders.Nothing herein repeals, preempts, or otherwise limits the authority, if any, ofa locality to issue further orders or measures on these same subjects.


All companies, including construction companies, are recommended to have office staff work from home where possible, and implement sanitation and distancing practices on job sites where possible.

The full text of the order can be found here:

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