Massachusetts Closes Non-Essential Businesses Effective March 24 — Construction Designated Essential
Effective March 24th at 12:00 noon, Massachusetts is closing all non-essential businesses “physical workplaces and facilities (“brick-and-mortar premises”) through April 7, 2020. See COVID-19 Order No. 13.
The essential services list for Massachusetts can be found HERE. Construction services is included as “essential” servcies as follows:
All indication is that MassDOT, MBTA, and MassPort projects are continuing (as noted by the above-referenced public works inclusion as an essential service. During a board meeting of MassDOT, the Commissioner stated that the work is continuing but each project will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
This may have an impact on some private construction projects, but currently “essential” services includes “Construction Workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction.” Additional clarification will need to be provided, but this appears to be a pretty broad description of construction services. Of course, the City of Boston, Cambridge, and other towns bans on construction still apply.