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Cuomo halts all ‘nonessential’ construction projects

Reportedly buckling to pressure from Mayor de Blasio and city elected officials, Governor Cuomo has ordered that all nonessential construction projects be put on hold.

In an executive order issued Thursday, Cuomo said only emergency construction would be allowed,  meaning projects necessary to protect health and safety of building occupants or projects that would be unsafe if they were left undone.

The work stoppage would reportedly go into effect April 3 and last through April 21.

According to the executive order, construction deemed essential may continue, including work on roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities and hospitals or healthcare facilities.

In addition, construction of affordable housing and homeless shelters is also deemed essential under the order.

However, social distancing must be maintained — including for elevators, meals, entry and exit — on all projects.

“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,” the order states, adding this will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.

Construction involving a single worker who is the sole employee or worker on a site is allowed to continue.

Many New Yorkers had been wondering how construction projects were being allowed to continue amid the governor’s “New York State on Pause” order. The stated justification had been that the work was mostly outdoors and allowed for social distancing.

One Comment

  1. Barry Drogin Barry Drogin March 29, 2020

    Some fact edits that you can implement (since this is a website):

    1. Executive Order 202.6 was signed on March 18, with ESD told to issue a guidance by March 19. The Wayback Machine captured that first version on March 20.
    2. ESD issued a new guidance on March 27, FRIDAY. The Wayback Machine confirms that the guidance did not change until Friday, not Thursday.

    So, your link is to a Guidance by Empire State Development, not to the original Executive Order. Executive Orders are (as of this writing) up to 202.12. No subsequent Executive Orders address the definition of “Essential Services” referenced in 202.6

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