The day-to-day professional and personal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is substantial. The global event will have dozens of common legal implications that we will address in this blog over the coming days, but for now I wanted to start with the basic starting point for any event of delay and/or additional cost on a construction project — THE NOTICE!
The time is now to send your notice.
This is not an adversarial notice. Your contracting party will understand the impacts experienced and should appreciate the proactive approach in communicating the COVID-19 impacts. If discussions have occurred between with your contracting party, I would still send a formal notice as to avoid further legal defenses down the line. Also, providing the formal notice creates a structure that is helpful in creating a productive communication pathway regarding the delays/costs incurred and ways to mitigate them.
No matter what the legal theory, the COVID-19