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Boston Mayor Pauses Non-Essential Construction Until Further Notice


To slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced he is extending the city’s order to halt “non-essential” construction for permitted sites. As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues to battle this public health emergency, the Mayor of Boston is enforcing a strict lockdown of all “non-essential” activity until further notice.

“The safety and health of construction workers and all residents of Boston is my first priority, and I am not willing to put that at risk as the virus spreads throughout our communities” Mayor Walsh declared. “Large gatherings such as those at construction sites have been proven to escalate the spread of the virus, and Boston must do everything in its power to flatten the curve and stop the spread of coronavirus.”

The novel policy is solely directed to construction projects permitted by the city of Boston. However, Boston is still permitting work that is deemed “essential” to the well-being and safety of Boston’s residents during this time, specifically work related to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Review requests for exemptions to the brief construction suspension can be approved by the Commissioner of Public Works for street-related activities, or the Commissioner of Inspectional Services for building-related activities. These requests can be approved if they support amplified public precaution, health and safety to effectively mitigate any risk of COVID-19 exposure to workers.

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