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Can my independent contractor work on my home renovation in Raleigh, NC if he is driving from Greensboro?

2 weeks ago

We are in the middle of a home renovation project and my independent contractor is concerned about whether he is allowed to continue working during the Coronavirus shelter-in-place restrictions. My home is in Raleigh, but he is driving from Greensboro daily.

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It looks like Wake County is allowing residential construction to continue during this coronavirus outbreak, at least for now – even with the stay at home order taking effect today (March 26). So, work in Raleigh should be able to continue. You can read about what types of work can and can’t continue here: Wake issues ‘stay-at-home’ order for all parts of county, takes effect 5 p.m. Friday.

Looking to Guilford County – residential construction also looks like it can continue, based on their stay at home order. Plus, the City of Greensboro’s own stay at home order also seems to permit construction work to continue. So, a contractor leaving their home in Greensboro to work on a residential project should be acceptable. You can read that here: Guilford County COVID-19 Stay At Home Order Declaration.

Because both Wake County and Guilford county are allowing residential construction to continue, a contractor driving from one county to continue work in the other would probably be fine – at least for now. Note, though, that this is a very fluid situation. And, it wouldn’t be surprising for this information to change any time now. So, it’d be wise to keep an eye on your local news outlets and government announcements for any updates. Plus, Levelset is updating its tracker throughout the day, here: Can I do Construction Work In my State?

Disclaimer: The information presented here is not legal advice and should not be construed as such. Rather, this content is provided for informational purposes. Do not act on this information as if it is advice. Further, this post does not create any attorney-client relationship. If you do need legal advice, seek the help of a local attorney.
Senior Legal Associate Levelset
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Here’s another recent update worth keeping an eye on: Governor Cooper issued an executive order this afternoon discussing what kinds of construction is considered “essential” work, and his list includes businesses that maintain safe social distancing as well as essential housing construction. Of course, if there are more stringent local requirements, those should be followed.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is not legal advice and should not be construed as such. Rather, this content is provided for informational purposes. Do not act on this information as if it is advice. Further, this post does not create any attorney-client relationship. If you do need legal advice, seek the help of a local attorney.
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