MJC Companies’ jobsites, leasing centers and models have re-opened in compliance with additional safety protocols of Executive Orders
We’ve all made significant sacrifices over the past few months for the health and safety of our families and neighbors. MJC Companies is proud to take the first few small steps in order to help our homeowners, residents and workers return to normal life. Whether you’ve been eagerly waiting to move into your new home or visit our sales models or quick occupancy homes in order to find your new home, please read below for guidance on what to expect moving forward. Rest assured that your health and safety remains our top priority. The full text of Executive Order 2020-110 (COVID-19) can be accessed by clicking here.
Residential Construction and Real Estate Activity:
Effective at 12:01 am on May 7, 2020, workers in the construction industry, including workers in the building trades (plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, and similar workers), and workers in the real estate industry, including, agents, brokers, inspectors, surveyors, and registers of deeds, may return to work subject to the enhanced social-distancing rules described below, and individuals may leave their home or place of residence as necessary to visit a real estate sales office or view a real estate listing.
Sales Office/Showings Now Permitted:
The limitations on real estate showings and open houses have been lifted. You may now drop in to any of our sales offices without an appointment during regular hours of opreation. Sales associates will continue to offer phone or virtual appointments via Facetime, Skype, Duo, WhatsApp, Zoom, etc. We encourage you to minimize exposure and physical interaction during a project visit.
Face Coverings/Health Screening:
The Executive Order still requires that “Any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space.” Unfortunately, due to limited supply, MJC Companies will not be able to provide masks/coverings to visitors, so please bring your own. Additionally, our sales associates may ask visitors various COVID-19 related health screening questions regarding symptoms and exposure to the virus. If you are not feeling well or have had recent contact with someone experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, our sales associate may require that you reschedule your appointment.
Prior to re-opening each of our models and sales centers have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. We have provided each location with an ample amount of sanitizer and disinfectant wipes and are adhering to a rigid cleaning schedule in order to maintain a healthy and safe environment. Public use of restrooms will be prohibited.
Homeowner Warranty Work:
Staring June 8, MJC will resume non-emergency warranty work, appointments and inspections. All non-emergency warranty requests will be addressed in the order that they were received. Please be patient with us as we work through our backlog of warranty requests that we were not allowed to perform during the lockdown. So long as MJC has received your warranty request in writing prior to the expiration of your One-Year Warranty (Customer Service Page), your request will remain valid, regardless of any delay in our ability to respond.
MJC will, and will require anybody performing warranty service work in your house, to comply with the safety protocols set forth in the Jobsite/Worker Preparedness section below. We also request that all homeowners perform a wellness check on themselves and their families prior to welcoming any workers in their home, or provide a wellness check in response to the request of any workers, and reschedule appointments in the event of any COVID-19 symptoms, illness, fevers or recent exposure to infected persons.
MJC Companies is strictly adhering to all safety protocols for businesses permitted to operate pursuant to the Executive Order (MJC Exposure Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan), and is requiring the same of all trade partners, contractors, subcontractors, and other workers on any MJC jobsite or home (Notice of Change to MJC Safety Policy), including:
- Adoption of a COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan
- Restricting the number of workers present on premises to no more than is strictly necessary
- Promoting remote work to the fullest extent possible
- Keeping workers and patrons at least 6 ft from one another to the maximum extent possible
- Increasing standards of facility cleaning and disinfection and adopting protocols for cleaning and disinfecting following COVID-19 exposure
- Adopting policies to prohibit entrance for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or with exposure to others with symptoms
- Adopting any other social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the CDC
- Prohibit gatherings of any size in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another
- Providing workers personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed
- Adopting protocols to limit the sharing of tools and equipment to the maximum extent possible and to ensure frequent and thorough cleaning of tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces
- Designating a site-specific supervisor to remain on-site and monitor and oversee the implementation of COVID-19 control strategies
- Conducting a daily entry screening protocol for workers and visitors entering the worksite, including a questionnaire covering symptoms and exposure to people with possible COVID-19, together with, if possible, a temperature screening
- Creating dedicated entry point(s) at every worksite, if possible, for daily screening, or in the alternative issue stickers or other indicators to workers to show that they received a screening before entering the worksite that day
- Requiring face shields or masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from other workers
- Providing instructions for the distribution of personal protective equipment and designate on-site locations for soiled masks
- Encouraging or requiring the use of work gloves, as appropriate, to prevent skin contact with contaminated surfaces
- Identifying choke points and high-risk areas where workers must stand near one another so that social distancing is maintained
- Ensuring there are sufficient hand-washing or hand-sanitizing stations at the worksite to enable easy access by workers
- Notifying contractors (if a subcontractor) or owners (if a contractor) of any confirmed COVID-19 cases among workers at the worksite
- Restricting unnecessary movement between project sites
- Creating protocols for minimizing personal contact upon delivery of materials to the worksite
What You Can Do:
One of the most important things you can do is stay informed. Pay attention to trusted health resources such as the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and your state and local health authorities. You should also take simple preventive measures, as recommended by health officials. These include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid handshakes
- Avoid contact with people who are sick; and
- Practice social distancing and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from people whenever possible.
When Should I Stay Home?
If you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness (fever, coughing, shortness of breath), the CDC recommends you stay home until you are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing or cough suppressant medication.
While these measures may be inconvenient, our goal is to reduce the risk that any anyone might contract or inadvertently spread the virus. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will keep you updated as this situation develops. Please stay safe, and thank you for all your continued efforts on behalf of MJC Companies.