Thousands of construction workers this week returned to work in Austin. What are developers doing to ensure safe work sites?

After most residential construction briefly shut down across the city of Austin, home building crews now have the opportunity to return the work.

On April 2, an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott went into effect that allowed all residential construction across the state of Texas to continue. Residential construction was identified in the order as an essential business supporting critical infrastructure.

The order superseded any local prohibitions on residential construction, including the ban that was set in place by Austin in late March. On March 24, the city of Austin issued an order that all residential construction sites must close, with an exception made for projects that include affordable housing units.

“It is critically important in times of unprecedented disaster and crisis, that we can rely on our public officials. Difficult and complex decisions need to be made and implemented, and we applaud Gov. Abbott for acting swiftly and decisively to protect Texans,” said Carrie Ciliberto, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, in a statement provided to Community Impact Newspaper.

Following Gov. Abbott’s executive order, thousands of contractors and tradespeople will now go back to work on construction sites across the city.