Who pays for coronavirus costs on public works projects: contractors or owners?
Wed Dec 30, 2020
Attorneys Sam Baker and Wiley Cason authored “Who Pays for Coronavirus Costs on Public Works Projects: Contractors or Owners,” that appeared in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce’s Construction Spotlight on Thursday, December 24, 2020.
When Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order was issued in March, public works contractors were deemed essential businesses, and largely spared from forced closure. The cost of continuing work, however, increased. State and local governments added a range of new safety requirements, including mandatory social distancing, use of personal protective equipment, and health screenings for employees. These requirements, all aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, have delayed projects and, in many cases, have added hundreds of thousands of dollars to contractors’ costs.
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