When COVID-19 struck…our national, state and local association staff worked with elected and regulatory officials to make sure our members were deemed “essential” and were able to continue to work. In addition, they worked with state and local building inspection officials to guarantee that inspection departments continued to provide their needed services in a safe manner. Several other states during this time shut down the housing industry that kept their members off the jobsite.
As part of the essential workforce in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper has designated various levels to determine when certain workers can receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, workers in the real estate arena are designated as Group 4 essential workers.
As Group 3 frontline essential workers are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, other essential workers in Group 4 will become eligible in the near future. Group 4 specifically includes essential workers in “residential facilities, housing and real estate.” Also included are “infrastructure support services” such as “plumbers” and “electricians” who, when they work for a contractor, would be eligible under the “housing” category. Click here for a “Deeper Dive” on who is included in Group 4. The Governor’s office has not set a specific date when essential workers in the housing industry will be eligible to receive the vaccine. We encourage you to follow the Governor’s orders regarding the distribution of the vaccine. For the most up to date information, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard