Brothers & Sisters:
I just wanted to provide a brief update on the status of the three states and our Union's operations. First, by decision of the Executive Board, all May Union meetings have been cancelled. Second, our offices are still up and running but will remain closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. Third, all members in good standing will soon be receiving a letter informing them that we intend to continue with June meetings and the election process. However, if by May 22nd we haven't been given the go ahead by the governments of all three states we may be required to further delay the June meeting schedule and election of officers.
The status of the three states varies but for the most part we are seeing positive movement toward returning to work and normal operations:
WA Update: Governor Inslee issued the "Stay Safe Stay Home" Order which is to remain in effect until May 4th. Depending on the data the Governor may extend his further, but in a sign of positive momentum in returning to work the Governor just approved recommendations provided by his Construction Roundtable (of which we hold one of the three labor seats) to allow contractors to return to "low-risk/Phase1" construction work provided the work is on an existing project and social distancing requirements can be met. The release and the specifics can be found on the attached link. We are continut to work with the Roundtable, the Governor's office, and the enforcement agencies on "moderate risk/Phase 2" and "high risk/Phase 3" construction activities. We don't expect any other updates on other work activities or social gatherings until May 4th.
AK Update: Alaska has faired much better on the active Covid cases and reports to have the necessary medical capacity to provide all necessary care. AK considered much of our work to be essential services but they are moving toward phasing in many other activities to normal operations. The attached link is the recent return to work plan issued by Governor Dunleavy.
ID Update: Idaho Governor Brad Little recently announced his plan to "re-open" Idaho. His earlier stay at home order was extended to April 30th. Construction was exempted as an essential service, but you can see from the attached link the timetables for certain businesses and activities to resume. Little's plan comes in four phases in two-week intervals. Starting May 1, many businesses and church can re-open if they can follow distancing and sanitation guidelines. This doesn't inlcude gyms, bars, or dine-in restuarants. The growth of new cases of coronavirus in Idaho has slowed and if the number of coronavirus cases continues to drop and hospitals aren't overwhelmed, further restrictions will be lifted. If there are no setbacks, all businesses could re-open by the end of June, though some, like bars and movie theaters, might have capacity limits.
We are continuing to do our best to be responsible to our members and the general public in combating this virus. If you have any concerns with our course of action or if you have any questions you can certainly contact me. Be safe out there.