Update on where we currently stand with regard to the effects of COVID 19 and the impact on ACNM membership with regard to NMDOT projects and interaction from ACNM Executive Director, Mike Beck-
I was invited to participate in a teleconference yesterday with Cabinet Secretary Michael Sandoval and his Administrative staff regarding steps the Department is taking to adhere to the recent directive from the Governor’s office to address the current coronavirus situation. Here are some of the points raised during the phone call:
NMDOT is starting as of this morning to implement “work from home” measures for Department staff. The Governor is asking that 75-80% of DOT staff should be transitioning to work remotely within the next 24-48 hours. This will be in place for at least the next 3 weeks
NMDOT facilities will be closed to the general public for the foreseeable future, and at least for the next 3 weeks
NMDOT communication will be done electronically and/or via conference calls as much as is practicable
Limit the number of people gathered together to no more than 5 and maintain social distancing of 6 feet between individuals
Exceptions to the above will include patrol yards, materials lab, sign shop, who will be working in a scaled-down manner
Necessary Department staff will continue to work in a reduced manner to ensure essential services continue without interruption – this will include Bid Lettings; contract construction and maintenance operations; processing payments to contractors, consultants, and vendors; Ports of Entry; Commercial vehicle permitting; Rest Areas; Road maintenance (clearing crashes, stranded vehicles, animal carcasses, etc.)
Secretary Sandoval and a couple of individuals from his Administrative staff will meet with the ACNM Board of Directors this afternoon via teleconference to go over additional steps being taken that could impact our members and the contracting community. I will provide any additional updates from that meeting later this afternoon. In the meantime, for now, at least, it looks like business as usual, but as we’ve seen over the past couple of days that can change pretty quickly.
Stay tuned . . .
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Effective immediately the following protocols are in place:
Business Travel – We are temporarily suspending all non-essential business travel until further notice. If travel is not necessary in order to fulfill an immediate or near-term business obligation, we do not consider the travel to be essential. If you have any questions about canceling planned travel, or whether to schedule travel, speak with your supervisor.
Personal Travel - Employees must report to their supervisor all personal travel to and from what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control refers to as “Level 3 countries.” Please check the most current list as it is frequently updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC website is linked below. This includes your return from any Level 3 country within the past 14 days and all planned future travel. If you or a household member returns from a Level 3 country, you will not be permitted to return to work for at least 14 days, and only after presenting a negative test for COVID-19.
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NOTICE OF POTENTIAL DELAY AND RESERVATION OF RIGHTS
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Re: COVID-19 Pandemic
To Whom It May Concern:
We are all aware of the ongoing outbreak of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), which was recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and the President and Governor have declared a national and state emergency, respectively. Although the situation continues to evolve rapidly, (Insert Company Name) remains fully committed to pursuing the completion of our work in a safe, diligent and reasonable manner under the current circumstances. We must recognize, however, there is a strong likelihood that we will encounter certain delays as a result of this pandemic.
COVID-19 Job Site Practices
All contractors should incorporate COVID-19 transmission and prevention into all job hazard analyses (JHAs) and pre-task safety planning for all aspects of the work. This tool is provided solely as a guideline for contractors and is not to be relied upon to prevent the spread or transmission of COVID-19, or prevent a safety violation from being issued by a jurisdictional authority. This is not legal advice. Contractors should continually evaluate the specific hazards at their job sites along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to determine the most appropriate job hazard analysis for the project/task as it relates to the spread and/or transmission of COVID-19.