Further Clarification on the State Mandates

Read WI Gov Evers Mandate HERE.

Read MN Gov Walz Mandate HERE.

Further Clarification & Resources

Further (legal) determinations of the state mandates have been clarified.
Please see the below announcements:

From the National Association of Home Builders:



The safety and health of all those who work in construction remains our top priority. The industry continues to adhere to all public health guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control. Work on a new unfinished home site occurs primarily outdoors and does not involve going onto a location occupied by residents or a public location, and there is minimal (if any) physical or transactional contact with customers.

From the Builders Association of Minnesota:

As you may be aware, earlier today March 25, 2020, Governor Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-20. The Executive Order states that “[b]eginning on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59pm through Friday, April 10, 2020at 5:00pm, all persons currently living within the State of Minnesota are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in the Activities and Critical Sector work set forth below.”

Specifically, Article 6. Section g. Public Works states “[t]his category is limited to public works worker listed in the CISA Guidance, in addition to construction material suppliers and workers providing services necessary to maintain construction material sources.”

Additionally, Article 6. Section i. Other community-based government operations and essential functions. Sub section ii. States that “Housing, shelter, and homelessness-prevention staff of state and local agencies and organizations responsible for ensuring safe and stable housing, including workers from state and local agencies and organizations with responsibility for ensuring safe and stable housing; shelter outreach or drop-in center programs; financing affordable housing; and administering rent subsidies, homeless interventions, operating supports, and similar supports. This includes workers necessary to provide repairs, maintenance, and operations support to residential dwellings”

Finally, Article 6. Section x. Construction and critical trades states, “this category includes workers in the skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers, HVAC and elevator technicians, and other related construction of all kinds.”

Our current reading of this section would allow for residential construction and suppliers of tools and materials to continue business operations during the Stay at Home Order. We believe this is the intention of the Governor. BAM thanks Governor Walz for his leadership during this time of crisis.

The language for the order can be found at: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6819018-EO-20-20-FINAL.html

From the Wisconsin Builders Association:
The WBA continues to be hard at work providing answers to members’ questions on how the Safer at Home Order impacts businesses essential to the homebuilding industry.

We are doing what we can to share information with you all as fast as it is coming out. Please note that we cannot provide you with specific definition for your own businesses. These are “guidlelines” and you should make determinations based on them. Use good judgement for the sake of your business, your employees, and your customers.

Stay safe,
Chelle Eliason
Executive Officer
Arrowhead Builders Association