COVID-19 Resource Center

Across the world we are facing uncertain times together as the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve. During these challenging times, SWR Institute is committed to communicating proactively with all of our members as we navigate these uncharted waters together. This is why we created a COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER.  This resource center is dedicated entirely to COVID-19 and will include daily updates from the government, helpful resources/links, and provide you with ways you and your company can make a difference. 

Latest news about COVID-19 and its impact in the construction industry

Construction Daily News & Resource Tracker

Construction News

Free Legal Advice for Contractors

Construction attorney answers readers' coronavirus legal questions

Free Toolbox Talk App

COVID-19 Resources for Architects

Construction Post-Coronavirus: 4 Tools to Adapt to the New Normal

CDC - What Construction Workers Need to Know about COVID-19

Construction Daily News & Resource Tracker

Construction News from Dodge

SWR Institute Board Member, Jessica Maguire (Allied Waterproofing, Inc) created a QR Code for her crews to submit their daily COVID-19 logs. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to create your own QR Code.

HEROES Act Comprehensive Summar

Getting cash for your small business through the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Relief Fund (CARES Act, Title V): COVID-19 Aid State & Local Allocations


Enforcement Memorandums: Eight (8) memorandums related to COVID-19 are in effect and intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis:

Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America 

CPWR for the Construction Industry

  • COVID-19 Resource Page​​
  • On May 7th, CPWR launched the new CPWR COVID-19 Construction Clearinghouse, which we established to give our industry easier access to reliable, current information. This free, online resource highlights resources on crucial topics such as Guidance on Workplace Practices, State and Local Requirements, Training Resources, and many others. The materials from other organizations that were previously on this page have been moved to the Clearinghouse. 
    • ​If you know of materials that should be considered for the Clearinghouse, particularly innovative practices and equipment being used on job sites to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please click here or email them at

  • On April 27th CPWR and NABTU have just released COVID-19 Standards for U.S. Construction Sites, a new national standard for infectious disease exposure control practices for job sites designed to prevent disease, disability and death.

  • Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention -- COVID-19 Resources
  • Cleaning of tools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Department of Labor (DOL)
The FFRCA included two employment provisions to expand eligibility for Family and Medical Leave Act leave and make emergency paid sick leave available to some workers. The provisions are in effect until Dec. 31, 2020.

Remember Gene Marks?? He was our keynote speaker at the 2019 Fall Technical Meeting in Charleston. Below are some TV appearances and articles Gene has done related to the COVID-19 crisis.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend our FREE member only webinar, Getting Full PPP Forgiveness and Cash Management Advice For Your Business by Gene Marks, you can view the slides and webinar recording below.  Gene Marks, who is a well-known author on best practices in small business will be hosting another webinar for our members and speaking on important strategies to consider for the next two years given the obvious impacts of the Pandemic to the national economy. Stay tuned for more details of time and date of Gene's webinar.
Click here to access a PDF of the webinar slides. 
Click here to view the webinar recording.
Join small business owner, Gene Marks each week for this new podcast series, The paychex Business Series. Each week Gene interviews other real life business owners and gets their advice on how they are navigating their business through the pandemic.
Click here to listen.
Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?
Read Gene's article in Forbes.

Recent columns Gene wrote that you might like:
Getting Cash NOW from the Federal Goverment. Read Article. 

8 Things You Need to Know About the 2020 Payroll Tax Credit. Read Article.

Small businesses aren't to reopen. But let's build a plan for when we are. The world has changed, and running a small business won’t be the same in May as it was in February.​ Read Article. 

There's a lot of federal money available for coronavirus-impacted small businesses. Get your share.
Now is the time for the banks to show they really care about small businesses


  • 06/01 - MA - Cambridge updates construction order. Read here.
  • 05/19 - MA - Gov outlines plan to reopen. Read here.
  • 05/19 - NY - NYC could start to reopen in early June. Read here
  • 05/15 – NY – Gov expands phased reopening. Read here.
  • 05/15 – NY – Construction to restart. Read here.
  • 05/14 – NY – Construction to resume in three upstate regionsRead here.
  • 05/14 – NJ – NJ construction reopens MondayRead here.
  • 05/12 – VT – Manufacturing and construction can restart todayRead here
  • 05/12 – PA – Some projects still on hold due to outbreaksRead here.
  • 05/12 – NY – Construction can restart in three regionsRead here
  • 05/12 – School construction in NY to reopen if stimulus arriveRead here.
  • 05/11 – MA – Boston mayor suggests restrictions may ease further. Read here. 
  • 05/11 – NY – Potential for upstate NY construction to resume on May 15. Read here. 
  • 05/08 – NJ – Construction restart could be soon. Read here. 
  • 05/08 – MI – Construction restart today. Read here. 
  • 05/07 – MA – Boston construction set to resume May 18 as long as virus continues to recede. Read here.
  • 05/06 – MA – Massachusetts Unions eager for restart. Read Here
  • 05/05 – WA – Construction won’t open till June. Read here
  • 05/05 – NY – When NY reopens construction slated for Phase I. Read here. 
  • 05/02 – IL – O’Hare will move forward, perhaps at slower pace. Read here.
  • 05/02 – CA – SFO construction to resume. Read here
  • 05/02 – MI – Michigan construction to continue. Read here.
  • 04/30 – OH – Gov to reopen OH. Read here. 
  • 04/30 – MI – MI construction to reopen May 7. Read here
  • 04/30 – CA – SF construction allowed to resume. Read here.
  • 04/30 – CA – Santa Clara construction rules eased. Read here.
  • 04/29 – FL – Disney’s construction division lays off hundreds. Read here
  • 04/29 – TX – Nearly 70% of Texas construction firms have projects on hold. Read here
  • 04/29 – OH – Construction can begin May 4. Read here
  • 04/29 – NY – Gov’s 12 step plan to reopen economy. Read here
  • 04/29 – NY – More than 5,200 NYC projects reopen. Read here
  • 04/29 – CA – LA expands free testing for construction workers. Read here.
  • 04/29 – CA – San Fran extends construction restrictions through May. Read here
  • 04/29 – MA – Boston safety rules take shape. Read here
  • 04/28 – NY – Gov says construction ready for phased reopening. Read here.
  • 04/28 – WA – Gov allows some projects to reopen. Read here
  • 04/28 – MI – Gov says construction may be next to restart. Read here.
  • 04/28 – CA – San Jose officials consider easing restrictions. Read here
  • 04/27 – WA - Construction industry set to resume after one month shutdown. Read here. 
To read COVID-19 Construction articles from 3/27 - 4/24, click here

The federal government is taking steps to stem the spread of COVID, updates to actions taken can be found below:

To read federal government updates from 2/28 - 3/30, click here

Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19

GovPredict built a 
map showing every state’s response to the coronavirus / COVID-19. It’s a free resource as a public service.

For those wanting to help, here are 7 ways you can make a difference

  • Donate PPE Supplies. SWR Institute is urging all our member companies who have extra PPE supplies (N95 masks, gloves, safety glasses, Tyvek suits) to please donate to local hospitals right away!! Many hospitals are days away from completely running out of PPE supplies for front-line medical personnel. We cannot let this happen, so we urge our members with a surplus of PPE to donate it to your local hospital. Your company’s donation could really make a difference!
    • Listen to Craig Allender's plea to our SWR Institute family to work together and donate any extra unused PPE you may have to your local hospitals.
    • Click here to see a list of Donation Centers.
    • McGill Restoration, Inc. PPE Emergency Relief Fund: McGill Restoration, Inc. will be placing an order for masks to donate to Hospital Systems in New York, Cleveland, Nebraska, Chicago and Detroit and other hospital systems in need across the country.  They need your help to reach their goal of 1,000,000 masks donated. McGill Restoration, Inc. has secured manufacturing capacity with a Chinese EO member company and have arranged DSV Global Support and Logistics to air freight masks from Shanghai to Cleveland AT COST. Click here for more details. Make a difference and Donate Today!
  • Can you or someone you know sew? National retailer JOANN Fabrics and Craft Stores released a video tutorial on how to make face masks. The retailer encourages people to drop off them at store locations, where they will be donated to local hospitals. Some JOANN’S are providing free mask making kits, call your local JOANN’S near you
  • Contact Your Representatives. Click here to learn how
  • Donate Blood. Supplies are critically low, and blood products are still needed. It is safe, easy and takes relatively no time. Plus, you get free snacks!
  • Offer a helping hand. Consider delivering food or calling a neighbor isolated by COVID-19. Check sites like NextDoor to join a volunteer group in your area. 
  • Donate to the COVID-19 General Relief Fund.
  • Spread the word. Share fundraisers with your network to bring awareness to causes that matter to you. You can see hundreds of COVID-19 related fundraisers at GoFundMe centralized hub