This week, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh issued a stern warning toward real estate developers and contractors against continuing construction work, even if deemed essential under federal guidelines.
The first mayor of a major American city to halt construction during the coronavirus pandemic, Walsh's actions were followed by Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and Cambridge City Manager Louis DePasquale.
The pause on non-essential construction work remains in place. To developers and general contractors:— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) April 6, 2020
Even if your job site is allowed to function under the current guidance, if you don’t absolutely have to work right now, shut it down.
The list of Massachusetts essential services, which includes emergency construction services, infrastructure work and residential construction was updated on March 31. Sites are now required to have sinks with hot water and soap, and crews are assigned to conduct a health check prior to starting work.
Several crews throughout Massachusetts began a safety stand-down on Monday.
Governor Baker has responded that it's up to individual municipalities to enforce a construction shutdown, if they choose to halt their work. He has expressed support for Walsh's recommendation that the city have a 9pm curfew and citizens wear masks when leaving their homes.
"I believe he's doing a terrific job. We spend a lot of time talking to each other," Baker said. "We fully support the initiatives and the policies that he is pursuing for the city of Boston. I think in many respects the overarching message that comes from many of the announcements that he made yesterday is a really simple one: If you don't have to leave home, don't."
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