CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Planning is key in the construction industry — but there wasn’t a blueprint for handling the impact of the coronavirus.

On March 24, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice issued the statewide Stay-at-Home order. Justice deemed construction as one of the select occupations considered essential during the ongoing pandemic. That designation, however, didn’t address the concerns and questions about how the industry would function during the pandemic.

To gain insight into the safety and operational issues facing the construction industry in the state, West Virginia Press spoke with representatives from the Affiliated Construction Trades, Contractors Association of West Virginia and the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Virginia.

“Even though construction is considered

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