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Governor bans non-essential construction

Governor Cuomo announced the closure of non-essential construction sites in New York. “Some construction is essential to keep the place running, but nonessential construction is going to stop,” said the Governor during a press conference on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivering a press briefing on coronavirus on March 27, at Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC, where a make-shift hospital is nearing completion. (Darren McGee - Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

9. Construction
  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).

  • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.

  • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

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