Governor Issues Statewide Construction Operation and Safety Guideline
At this time, the City of Boston’s March 16, 2020 order pausing non-essential construction remains in effect...
Attached is a letter sent by Governor Baker this afternoon to municipal officials, in which he clarifies his March 23 Order defining the continued operations of essential business services - including Construction. Today’s newest directive specifically states that any local ban on construction contradicts the March 23 state-wide order. The Governor recognizes the public health concerns with allowing numerous persons to congregate on a job site, so he therefore attached new health protection guidelines and procedures for construction workers and construction job sites.
This letter to municipal officials is the result of widespread confusion as to whether the bans on construction in Boston, Cambridge, and other municipalities would continue to be in effect given the Governor’s designation of construction as an essential service.
AGC MA Members are cautioned that the current bans and restrictions in those communities remain in effect UNTIL they are officially lifted by the mayors or town managers. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said at a press conference earlier today that any decision to restart construction in Boston would only be made by his office. As you know, the local permitting authority may be a tool of control over construction projects in local jurisdictions.
Attached to the letter are a new set of practical “Guidelines & Procedures for all Construction Sites and Workers at all Public Work”.
These guidelines must be implemented at all times on all public construction sites, and all private projects are encouraged to implement similar guidelines.