Are Arizona Roofers Considered “Essential” During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order for Arizonans on March 30th. The stay-at-home order states that all Arizonans “shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except:
- To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;
- For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or
- To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services;
- And for employment, if as a sole proprietor or family-owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.”
In addition to the restrictions set in place by Governor Ducey’s executive order, the Governor’s office also encourages Arizonans “to improve social connectedness by:
- Maintaining ongoing connections and communication with current social supports and structures such as family, friends, neighbors and other social groups;
- Educating fellow Arizonans on the negative health impacts of social isolation;
- And developing habits and activities that increase resilience, such as physical activity, virtual social gatherings, assisting neighbors, implementing or participating in connection campaigns for at-risk populations, and participating in volunteer activities.”
After the order took effect, Governor Ducey clarified the list of essential businesses and services allowed to keep operating under his executive order. But what does this mean for Arizonans? What if you have a leaky roof? Can you hire a roofing contractor to come to your home?
What Activities Are “Essential” During Arizona’s Stay-At-Home Order?
Under Governor Ducey’s stay-at-home order, the policy states that the following are essential activities:
- “Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, assignments for completion of distance learning and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home, residence.
- Engaging in activities essential for health and safety, including things such as seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services and obtaining medical supplies or medication.
- Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, which includes but is not limited to transportation for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services for the other household.
- Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used.
- Attending work in or conducting essential services which includes but is not limited to transporting children to child care services for attending work in an essential service.
- Engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, the democratic process to include voting or any legal or court process, provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible.”
What does this information mean for Arizonans? What businesses and services are considered essential?
What Counts as an “Essential” Service Under Arizona’s Stay-At-Home Order?
The Governor’s office released a list clarifying which businesses are considered “essential” businesses. Essential services include services in the following industries:
- Healthcare and Public Health Operations
- Human Services Operations
- Essential Infrastructure Operations
- Essential Governmental Operations
- Essential Businesses and Operations
Essential businesses include:
- Stores that sell groceries and medicine.
- Food, beverage, and agriculture.
- Outdoor recreation activities.
- Organizations that provide charitable and social services.
- Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation.
- Financial institutions.
- Hardware and supply stores.
- Critical trades.
- Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services.
- Educational institutions.
- Laundry services.
- Restaurants for consumption off-premises.
- Supplies to work from home.
- Supplies for essential businesses and operations.
- Home-based care and services.
- Residential facilities and shelters.
- Professional and personal services.
- Day care centers for employees exempted by the Executive Order.
- Manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries.
- Hotels and motels.
- Funeral services.
Can You Hire a Roofer in Arizona During Coronavirus?
Yes, you can hire a roofer during the coronavirus pandemic here in Phoenix. Roofers qualify as part of an essential business as workers in the “critical trades” industry. As defined by Governor Ducey’s office, the critical trades includes “Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen and other trades including, but not limited to, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses and operations.”
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How Can Geo Roofing Help?
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