Massachusetts: The Official Stance for Construction
Construction Status: Essential
With the rising of confirmed cases to 55000 in the state, the authorities have declared statewide emergency orders until May 4, 2020. Though construction is deemed as essential, the cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville have suspended construction completely for a temporary amount of time.
The Baker-Politon administration has announced phase 3 of reopening on July 6, 2020, while the department of public health has actively announced guidelines to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 before the state moves to phase 4 of reopening.
October 2020 Update: Though the restrictions regarding construction shutdown in the state were lifted during the end of May 2020, the state allowed construction while sticking to the strict safety regulations. However, the government is planning to pull back everything to track with the resuming of construction activities related to bridgework, roads, and pavements.
Governing Body: Office of Governor Charlie Baker
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FAQs: Massachusetts Construction Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic
With the emergency orders in the state, construction work, or the workforce that is considered essential are given an exemption. But still, most of the restrictions have been issued from the Boston region under which essential road construction, utility buildings, public health facilities, shelters, transportation, and other necessary residential work is permitted.
Moreover, anything which is related to emergency services like roads, hospitals, gas or water leaks, and maintenance is kept into essential category.